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The Jenin Probe Ends
The Weekly Standard ^ | May 1 2002 | David Tell

Posted on 04/30/2002 9:26:19 PM PDT by veronica

The United Nations, unhappy about the prospect of seeing Israel exhonerated, decides not to investigate Jenin.

UN SECRETARY GENERAL Kofi Annan's plan to send a high-level commission of inquiry to the West Bank Palestinian refugee camp at Jenin--where local UN officials and spokesman for a variety of terrorist organizations allege Israel has recently conducted a "massacre" of unarmed civilians--appears on the verge of collapse. During business hours yesterday, UN political affairs director Kieran Prendergast briefed the Security Council on the status of discussions with the Israeli government about the circumstances under which such a fact-finding body might be admitted to the site. Prendergast then told reporters that Annan was "minded to disband the team" rather than further modify its mission in order to satisfy Israeli concerns about fairness. A serious report on the fighting in Jenin "would not be possible without the cooperation of the government of Israel," Prendergast announced--inadvertently confirming Israeli fears about where the UN's instincts lie. As of late last night, no sign of increased Israeli "cooperation" was forthcoming.

That's a relief. For reasons The Weekly Standard outlines in its current editorial, Annan's fact-finding proposal for Jenin has always been horrible in its very essence. If it does wind up falling apart, no honest observer should mourn the damn thing.

Honest observers do have call to regret, however, the extent to which Western media outlets have proved . . . incurious, shall we say, about what actually did happen in Jenin. There's never been any reason to wait for the UN to figure it out. Or, more likely, fail to figure it out. Or, more likely still, to lie about it--as UN Relief and Works Agency head Peter Hansen has been doing since the fighting stopped. Interesting, relevant facts are flying around all over the place. But somehow very few of them have found their way into the newspapers.

For instance: For a week now, the invaluable Middle East Media Research Institute has had posted on its website an extensive collection of translations from Arab-language news accounts of the Jenin incident. They quote an impressive number of leading terrorist commandos speaking, during and immediately after the fighting, about what exactly went on. Oddly enough, at the time, it occurred to none of these gentlemen to alert their Arabic-speaking audience that the Israelis were busy mowing down women and children.

Several of them did, however, suggest that Palestinians themselves were eagerly placing such "civilians" in harm's way.

"Believe me, there are children stationed in the houses with explosive belts at their sides," Abu Jandal, a Jenin-based Islamic Jihad lieutenant, told Al Jazeera television on April 4, while the fighting was still underway. After the fact, Sheikh Abu Al-Hija, Abu Jandal's Hammas counterpart in Jenin, proudly confirmed that the camp's children had "filled their school bags with explosive devices." And Jamal Huweil, chief of Jenin's Al Aksa Martyrs Brigade, boasted to London's Al-Hayat newspaper that at least four such children had rushed Israeli tanks and blown themselves up.

In a lengthy interview with the official Egyptian government publication Al-Ahram Weekly, a one-armed Islamic Jihad operative named "Omar" has described how he and his colleagues rigged more than fifty houses in central Jenin (not all of them vacant--and some of them, presumably, now featured in news photos of "Israeli destruction") with "powerful bombs." Omar has also explained how the ambush and killing of 13 Israeli soldiers on foot patrol through Jenin was accomplished: The mujahedeen sent women out to tell the Israelis that they had run out of ammunition and wanted to surrender. These women then walked the Israelis into a section of street booby-trapped with mines.

On April 10, Islamic Jihad's website announced that its top man in Jenin, Muhammad Tawalbeh, before blowing himself up inside his own home as Israeli commandos moved to arrest him, had acted to prevent Palestinian civilians from fleeing the camp for their own safety. Tawalbeh, was pleased to report, "had thwarted all attempts by the occupation to evacuate the camp residents to make it easier for the Israelis to destroy [the camp] on the heads of the fighters."

In the past few days, the Israeli Defense Forces have released intelligence reports indicating that a "special public affairs committee" of Palestinians in Jenin has organized extensive preparations for Kofi Annan's fact-finding committee. Specifically, the Palestinians appear to be inventing those facts they wish to be found. According to the Israelis, camp residents "have begun moving bodies buried in the cemetery next to the government hospital prior to operation 'Defensive Shield' into a 'mass grave' of casualties of the operation." Furthermore, the Palestinian Authority has ordered a stop to searches through demolished buildings "so that they will be found only in the presence of the UN committee." The PA has rented houses in the town of Jenin for persons displaced from the UN camp, but has asked them to "arrive back in the refugee camp during daytime (the UN committee operating hours) and sit inside tents."

Meanwhile, Yasser Arafat's operatives are busy hiding evidence of Palestinian military activity in Jenin--and attempting to conceal the fact that at least 21 Palestinian locals have been wounded by unexploded terrorist ordinance since the Israelis withdrew from the scene.

Israel has made six specific requests to the United Nations during the latest, apparently fruitless negotiations over a Jenin fact-finding mission. One of them is that Kofi Annan guarantee his team will look into reports like these, as well.

Annan would rather forget the whole thing than provide such an assurance of balance.

Just as well.

TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Israel; News/Current Events

1 posted on 04/30/2002 9:26:19 PM PDT by veronica
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To: veronica
No massacre - yet? I guess we'll just have to wait for the movie...
2 posted on 04/30/2002 9:30:42 PM PDT by Libloather
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To: veronica
For a whiff 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
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

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
Up to 2,000 bombs and booby traps placed in the camp
Pediatrician: terrorists used children in Jenin camp
Doctor: IDF did everything possible to prevent civilian harm
Palestinians Used Booby-Trapped Wheelchair in Jenin
NOTE: The wheelchair was occupied!!
Jenin War Diary of a Hasidic Soldier
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

And so, in conclusion:
Massacre Claims Unsupported by Palestinian Fighters
Pali eyewitnesses all support the Israeli version
The Phantom Massacre
War Crimes in Jenin were committed by the Palis

3 posted on 04/30/2002 9:42:30 PM PDT by My Identity
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To: My Identity
Nice job!
4 posted on 04/30/2002 9:51:55 PM PDT by mcenedo
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To: mcenedo
BUMP for further review. Thanks for the post!
5 posted on 04/30/2002 10:07:03 PM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham
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To: veronica
The headline:
The United Nations, unhappy about the prospect of seeing Israel exhonerated, decides not to investigate Jenin.

This implies that though they wanted to bash Israel they actually intended to do an honest inquiry.
The article is a good read, but I have a hard time believing this.

I think there was some kind of political pressure, probably from the US. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

6 posted on 04/30/2002 10:12:35 PM PDT by Salman
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To: veronica,My Identity
Er, Meant to say thanks to you!
7 posted on 04/30/2002 10:15:30 PM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham
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To: Salman
You better believe ther was pressure from the U.S.! Their meddling would deflect the pressure we are putting on Arafat and the rest of the players to end this madness.

The administrion has been taking alot of flack. I hope some of these folks are not so confused about what our intentions are.

9 posted on 04/30/2002 10:20:58 PM PDT by Cold Heat
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To: My Identity
Great Work! Tahnk you! bump

Even Waffa the offcial Palestinian news agency says concedes that only 52 were killed in Jenin.

10 posted on 04/30/2002 10:54:49 PM PDT by Kay Soze
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To: veronica
Investigate Kofi Annan for the Rwandan massacre.

And his New York security team's illegal H & K MP-5's.

Make Yassir Arafat first Palestinian astronaut.

Deport Peres to France.

Peace breaks out, immediately dubbed Shalom Sharon.

11 posted on 04/30/2002 10:59:08 PM PDT by PhilDragoo
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To: My Identity
Thanks for maintaining and updating the links -- not to mention, so colorfully!
12 posted on 04/30/2002 11:31:37 PM PDT by mrustow
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To: Salman
6 - "The article is a good read, but I have a hard time believing this"

Sorry, but the investigation was rigged. Look elsewhere on FR for the 3 members of the investigation team. They were the same ones who found tens of thousands of muslims massacred in xlinton's yugoslav war, which suddenly, when they came to count, they could no longer find.

This was rigged from the getgo to find the Israeli's guilty, no matter what the truth was.

13 posted on 05/05/2002 5:01:32 AM PDT by XBob
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