Skip to comments.There was no massacre in Jenin
Posted on 04/18/2002 5:14:22 PM PDT by tomahawk
There was no massacre in Jenin
The claim that there was a "massacre" in the Jenin refugee camp has been taken up by many news media around the world, human rights groups and even among many governments. This claim, originally made during the height of the fighting in the refugee camp, reverberates with gravity, seriously damaging Israel's political campaign to justify its self defense against terror and the legitimacy of the means it is using in that campaign.
In Israel, too, suspicions were raised that there was truth to the Palestinian claims. Many feared that Jenin would be added to the black list of massacres that have shocked the world. The IDF contributed to those fears when it issued a preliminary estimate of hundreds of dead in the camp (it turned out that several score were killed, with the exact number still unknown) and by blocking journalists from entering the camp to report what was happening inside. That was an invitation to another charge, also widely reported, of an alleged cover-up.
In recent days, journalists - including Ha'aretz reporters - have visited the camp, gathering their own first-hand impressions and eyewitness testimony about the IDF's operations. Ha'aretz reporter Amira Hass spent several days in the camp, and her report appears in today's pages. There is evidence of intense combat, but, with appropriate caution, it can already be said what did not happen in the Jenin refugee camp. There was no massacre. No order from above was given, nor was a local initiative executed, to deliberately and systematically kill unarmed people.
In Israel of 2002, there is practically no way to cover up atrocities. Testimony by commanders and fighters in Jenin, many of whom were civilians called up into reserves for the purpose of the operation, as well as testimony by those who observed the events through various means refute the claims of a massacre. The fighting was intense, as could be expected in built-up areas, and especially against the background of rapid Israeli successes in other areas, particularly the Nablus casbah. Armed Palestinians shot, blew up and mined houses and alleyways.
The soldiers, who had difficulty progressing, used bulldozers and suffered heavy losses - 23 soldiers were killed. Under such circumstances, civilians were also harmed. That is a terrible, sorrowful fact, resulting from the nature of the fighting, and in some specific cases there should be an examination to determine whether everything necessary was done to prevent civilian casualties. But declaring the fighting in Jenin a "massacre" is a mistake on the part of the naive, and a slander by others.
Palestinian propagandists have made perverse use of legends that, in part, were invented outside Jenin. Leading these propagandists were officials of the Palestinian Authority who issued baseless charges of "executions," fanning the flames of hatred against Israel. The readiness of international elements, including the heads of the European Union, to accept the Palestinian version without question, is testimony to their character, to Israel's fragile situation and to Ariel Sharon's negative image.
|For a dose of truth:|
| WSJ: The Massacre That Wasn't - Part I
Non-evidence and Pali fabrication of evidence
| Steyn: The UN is running out of blind eyes to turn
Interesting link on UN backpedaling
| WSJ: The Massacre That Wasn't - Part II
Palestinians drop their hyped-up "massacre" charges
| Atrocities of the British Press
Huge amounts of ink devoted to unverified Pali tales
| WSJ: The Massacre That Wasn't - Part III
Hey, Jimmy Carter has an opinion too!!
| Reporters Back Down From Jenin "Massacre" Reports
World press forced to face the truth: No Massacre
| WSJ: The Massacre That Wasn't - Part IV
Yet more non-evidence and Pali fabrication of evidence
| NY POST: THE MASSACRE THAT WASN'T
Peres: There wasn't a house that wasn't booby-trapped
| WSJ: The Massacre That Wasn't - Part V
The Pali's contradict themselves and blame it on Israel
| Steyn: It's time to snap out of Arab fantasy land
Some great Oriana Fallaci quotes/links as well
| WSJ: The Massacre That Wasn't - Part VI
Pali grave-digging and UN jury-rigging
| Jenin's 'Massacre' Death Toll Reduced to 56
Say it slow: Israel told the truth; Palis did not
|An interesting juxtaposition of tales:|
| Message From An Israeli On The Front Lines
"Entire families exploded themselves! It was horrific."
| Palestinian Fighter admits: No Massacre in Jenin
2,000 bombs and booby-traps placed in the camp
| Pediatrician: terrorists used children in Jenin camp
Doc: IDF did everything possible to avoid civilian harm
| Palestinians Booby-Trap Wheelchair in Jenin
NOTE: The wheelchair was occupied!!
| Jenin War Diary of a Hasidic Soldier - Part I
Israeli citizen-soldier describes what went on in Jenin
| Palestinian fighter's version of the Jenin battle
Pali Plan: Trap Israeli soldiers, then blow them up
| Jenin War Diary of a Hasidic Soldier - Part II
There is no army as humane as the IDF
| Massacre Claims Unsupported by Pali Fighters
Pali eyewitnesses all support the Israeli version
|And so, in conclusion:|
| The 'Jenin Massacre' Hoax
Living in a world of monstrous moral inversion
| The Phantom Massacre
War Crimes in Jenin were committed by the Palis
| The Jenin Probe Ends
UN unhappy about Israel's possible exhoneration
| Jenin's War Criminals
What the Palestinians did was the real war crime
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