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The "Butcher Of Jenin"...LOL!

September 16 2004 at 6:39 AM
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Leave it to Mushy, to dredge up some old BBC/Reuters/Al-Arabiya bullsh## that was completely discredited right after it hit the fan, some years ago. Such a genius! In league with Pat Buchanan, now...there's a match made in Hades, eh?

A brief story on the backtracking on the Jenin story(there have been books written about the hysterical misreporting of that pitched battle), and a little pertinent history on the city known to the Arabs who call themselves "Palestinians" as "Jenin Al-Kassam," or, "The Suicide City."
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Reporters Back Down From Jenin "Massacre" Reports

New York Post
April 18, 2002


In Jenin, too, the army has withdrawn its forces from the terrorist stronghold neighborhood in which the fierce battles of the previous two weeks took place. The soldiers continue to surround the area.

After almost two weeks of "Jenin Massacre!" headlines, the world press has been forced to face the truth: There was none. Journalist David Bedein of Israel Resource News Agency reports that since Sunday, when the IDF began allowing reporters into Jenin, the real story has turned out to be somewhat less dramatic than that which some of them had been reporting. Washington Post correspondent Molly Moore wrote, "Interviews with residents inside the camp and international aid workers who were allowed here for the first time today indicated that no evidence has yet surfaced to support allegations by Palestinian groups and aid organizations of large-scale massacres or executions by Israeli troops."

This contrasted strongly, for instance, with the way James Bennet opened his report from Jenin for The New York Times last Friday: "Palestinians here describe bodies cut in pieces, bodies scooped up by bulldozers and buried in mass graves, bodies deliberately concealed under collapsed buildings. They describe people drinking out of sewers and people used by Israeli soldiers as human shields." Bedein notes that Bennet's report "did very little to challenge the tendentiousness and questionable nature of such 'eyewitness' testimony."

Col. Gal Hirsh, Head of Operations in the IDF Central Command, explained that Jenin remained a closed military zone even after the fighting was over because, "We are trying to find all these bodies and trying to remove the booby traps from them... It is very complicated, very dangerous... We are trying to take all the explosives, all the hand grenades, all the booby traps from the bodies and the houses..." Several bodies were in fact found to have been booby-trapped.

The PLO's WAFA press service, however, took advantage of Israel's refusal to allow the media into Jenin, making unfounded claims of "500 dead Palestinians piled up in the streets." Bedein notes that organizations such as Physicians for Human Rights and Amnesty International uncritically believed these allegations, and were followed dutifully by international media outlets, many of which "devoted huge amounts of ink to such unverified tales of conspiracies, rapes, executions, and war crimes... The credibility of Palestinian 'eyewitness testimony' was barely questioned, despite the PLO track record of fabricating false claims. Who will ever forget the fallacious reports from the Red Crescent in Lebanon back in June 1982 that the IDF had killed 10,000 people and made 600,000 homeless?"

Bedein writes that tens of "European media outlets and Arab foreign ministries described the fighting in Jenin in terms of 'genocide,' 'unprecedented humanitarian disaster,' 'Sabra and Shatilla #2,' 'A campaign of revenge and murder, 'Nazi ethnical cleansing,' and worse. European articles focused mainly on the physical damage to buildings due to Israeli tanks moving through the camp, and failed to mention the fact that many of the buildings and streets were rigged with explosives which were set off by the many terrorist cells operating in the refuge camp.

In general, Israel's comments on what was actually happening in Jenin were mostly ignored by world media. In a briefing last Friday, Col. Hirsh said,
"When you think of the term refugee camp, you think of poor and helpless people. This is not the case! Jenin Refugee Camp was actually a strong combat zone - a real military and terrorist infrastructure. These people decided to fight, and we had to fight back... I've heard the rumors of 500-600 Palestinians dead. These are lies. We had no choice but to destroy the terrorist infrastructure - everyday there were terrorists' acts dispatched from Jenin Refugee Camp. The operation in Jenin cost us the lives of 23 soldiers and many were injured. I regret that some Palestinian civilians were injured and some were killed. We were fighting against armed terrorists. We asked the Palestinian civilians to evacuate their homes so they would not get hurt, some chose not to. Most of the Palestinians that were killed were armed terrorists; many had explosive devices strapped to their bodies. We found a lot of evidence of terrorist activity, for example, labs for explosive devices. We are talking about an organized terrorist infrastructure throughout Judea and Samaria."

"The media were forced to cope with the fact that a 'massacre' was turned into a few dozen casualties," Bedein concludes, "but some reporters just could not bring themselves to 'adjust' their story to the facts on the ground."
Reporters Back Down From Jenin "Massacre" Reports
In Jenin, too, the army has withdrawn its forces from the terrorist stronghold neighborhood in which the fierce battles of the previous two weeks took place. The soldiers continue to surround the area.

After almost two weeks of "Jenin Massacre!" headlines, the world press has been forced to face the truth: There was none. Journalist David Bedein of Israel Resource News Agency reports that since Sunday, when the IDF began allowing reporters into Jenin, the real story has turned out to be somewhat less dramatic than that which some of them had been reporting. Washington Post correspondent Molly Moore wrote, "Interviews with residents inside the camp and international aid workers who were allowed here for the first time today indicated that no evidence has yet surfaced to support allegations by Palestinian groups and aid organizations of large-scale massacres or executions by Israeli troops."

This contrasted strongly, for instance, with the way James Bennet opened his report from Jenin for The New York Times last Friday: "Palestinians here describe bodies cut in pieces, bodies scooped up by bulldozers and buried in mass graves, bodies deliberately concealed under collapsed buildings. They describe people drinking out of sewers and people used by Israeli soldiers as human shields." Bedein notes that Bennet's report "did very little to challenge the tendentiousness and questionable nature of such 'eyewitness' testimony."

Col. Gal Hirsh, Head of Operations in the IDF Central Command, explained that Jenin remained a closed military zone even after the fighting was over because, "We are trying to find all these bodies and trying to remove the booby traps from them... It is very complicated, very dangerous... We are trying to take all the explosives, all the hand grenades, all the booby traps from the bodies and the houses..." Several bodies were in fact found to have been booby-trapped.

The PLO's WAFA press service, however, took advantage of Israel's refusal to allow the media into Jenin, making unfounded claims of "500 dead Palestinians piled up in the streets." Bedein notes that organizations such as Physicians for Human Rights and Amnesty International uncritically believed these allegations, and were followed dutifully by international media outlets, many of which "devoted huge amounts of ink to such unverified tales of conspiracies, rapes, executions, and war crimes... The credibility of Palestinian 'eyewitness testimony' was barely questioned, despite the PLO track record of fabricating false claims. Who will ever forget the fallacious reports from the Red Crescent in Lebanon back in June 1982 that the IDF had killed 10,000 people and made 600,000 homeless?"

Bedein writes that tens of "European media outlets and Arab foreign ministries described the fighting in Jenin in terms of 'genocide,' 'unprecedented humanitarian disaster,' 'Sabra and Shatilla #2,' 'A campaign of revenge and murder, 'Nazi ethnical cleansing,' and worse. European articles focused mainly on the physical damage to buildings due to Israeli tanks moving through the camp, and failed to mention the fact that many of the buildings and streets were rigged with explosives which were set off by the many terrorist cells operating in the refuge camp.

In general, Israel's comments on what was actually happening in Jenin were mostly ignored by world media. In a briefing last Friday, Col. Hirsh said,
"When you think of the term refugee camp, you think of poor and helpless people. This is not the case! Jenin Refugee Camp was actually a strong combat zone - a real military and terrorist infrastructure. These people decided to fight, and we had to fight back... I've heard the rumors of 500-600 Palestinians dead. These are lies. We had no choice but to destroy the terrorist infrastructure - everyday there were terrorists' acts dispatched from Jenin Refugee Camp. The operation in Jenin cost us the lives of 23 soldiers and many were injured. I regret that some Palestinian civilians were injured and some were killed. We were fighting against armed terrorists. We asked the Palestinian civilians to evacuate their homes so they would not get hurt, some chose not to. Most of the Palestinians that were killed were armed terrorists; many had explosive devices strapped to their bodies. We found a lot of evidence of terrorist activity, for example, labs for explosive devices. We are talking about an organized terrorist infrastructure throughout Judea and Samaria."

"The media were forced to cope with the fact that a 'massacre' was turned into a few dozen casualties," Bedein concludes, "but some reporters just could not bring themselves to 'adjust' their story to the facts on the ground."
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June 30, 2002
“Jenin Al Kassam”
A Hothouse of Terrorism

Colonel (Res.) Jonathan Fighel
ICT Researcher

During the past 18 months, the Islamic Jihad has become the main initiator of suicide terrorism in Israel. The primary launching pad of the suicide bombers is the Palestinian autonomous city of Jenin—and in particular the poorer neighborhood known as the “refugee camp”. Of the 107 suicide bombers who have blown themselves up in Israel, 23 came from Jenin and its satellite towns.

It is significant that Palestinians have bestowed on Jenin the name “Jenin Al-Kassam” the suicide city, in memory of Az Adin Al-Kassam, the Islamic militant, who was killed in the village of Yaa’bed near the city in November 1935. Al-Kassam preached Jihad in Jenin against the Jews and the British—combining the gun with the Koran. After his death at the hands of British paratroopers, who had threatened to level the city of Jenin in pursuit of him and his militants, he became an image worthy of admiration and imitation by the Palestinian organizations. The military wing of Hamas was also named after him: “the Az Adin Al-Kassam Brigades.”

Jenin is located in the Samarian hills, far from the centers of Palestinian political action. This relative isolation, together with the strong religious traditions of the surrounding populace, combined to turn the city into a stronghold for Islamic Jihad and Hamas.

A tradition of radical Islam
Generations of militant Islamist have grown up in the uniquely militant atmosphere of the Jenin terrorism hothouse. Under the British Mandate, Jenin was considered a difficult resistance stronghold: the British killed 300 men there, deported and exiled many more, and destroyed hundreds of houses in an attempt to root out the militant cells. The Town’s heritage to Jenin’s youngster’s claims that in the Six-Day War, the Palestinians were in no hurry to leave the town.

Dr. Abdallah Azam, the radical Muslim ideologist and the spiritual mentor of the master-terrorist Osama bin-Laden, was raised and educated in the Jenin district. He, more than anyone else, built the ideological basis for al-Qaida’s radical anti-Jewish, anti-Western doctrine. In the Intifada of the 1980’s, Awad Kmeil, from the village of Qabatiya, who was a central Fatah activist in Jenin, founded the “Black Panther” organization – the Fatah military arm. The Black Panthers murdered scores of their fellow Palestinians on suspicion of collaborating with Israel and carried out a number of serious terror attacks in Israel.

This tradition has continued; the present military arm of Fatah, the “Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade”, which carries out terror attacks and sends suicide bombers into Israel, also had its origins in Jenin. The founders of the “Brigades included Zaid el-Amar, who was killed by the IDF in Jenin, and Abed al-Karim Awais, who was captured in Ramallah. The Islamic Jihad, too, has found fertile soil in the Jenin district, more than any other place in the West Bank. This is the organization, which carried out the recent suicide carbombing against an Israeli municipal bus at the Megiddo junction, killing 19 and maiming scores.

Israeli Arab population caught in the middle
Radical Islam is the dominant characteristic of the Jenin area. The town’s branch of extreme agitators has close ties to the Islamic movement in the nearby Israeli Arab city of Umm el-Fahm, headed by Sheikh Raa’d Salach. These are ideological and geographical, as well as based on family ties between the two cities. For Israel, these militant ties are particularly dangerous. A large part of the population of Jenin and its surroundings are refugees from the northern valleys of Israel and the Carmel region, and have family ties with Israeli Arabs in Umm el Fahm, A’ra’rah and Bartaa’h. Thus, militants can gain assistance from elements of the Israeli Arab population, who may be compelled to aide them, either by providing accommodations, food, and transportation, or even by helping with intelligence gathering, obtaining yellow Israeli license plates and Israeli documents.

The geographical location of Jenin also makes it an ideal launching pad for terror attacks in Israel. Distance in Israel and the disputed territories are quite small; the main population centers are no more than an hour’s drive from one another, and the distance from Jenin to Um al-Fahm inside Israel is only 6 kilometers. Thus, terrorist planners in Jenin can launch attacks into Haifa and its suburbs, as well as the Jordan Valley, Emek Beth Shean, Afula, the Sharon and Hadera.

A financial base of desperation
In recent years, the Palestinian Authority has ceased to exercise any real control in Jenin, allowing Hamas and the Islamic Jihad to become the de facto rulers of the city. These organizations have established an educational and economic network, based on donations received from Moslem communities worldwide. This network is instrumental in gaining support for the movement’s activities, and in recruiting adherents to it cause. Hamas and Jihad cells have also multiplied in villages to the east and north of the city. This terrorist infrastructure was greatly weakened by the Israeli army’s recent military operation in Jenin’s refugee neighborhood, however, it was not eradicated. A number of the terrorist leaders succeeded in escaping to nearby villages, returning to Jenin only after the IDF withdrew. Leaders killed or captured during the operation were soon replaced.

Since the signing of the Oslo accords in 1993, the Palestinian Authority has not invested any money at all in the development of Jenin, but has instead directed most of its funds toward projects in Ramallah and Bethlehem. The economic infrastructure is nominally in the hands of UNRWA, the UN organization for refugee. However, the preservation of the plight of Jenin’s refugees also preserves the UN mechanism, so that nobody has any real interest in extricating Jenin from its financial predicament. The situation is aggravated by the fact that Jenin and its environs has never had a self-sufficient economy, nor is there any hope for such an economy in the near future. For centuries, the sparse population of the Jenin region lived by farming, however, the influx of migrant workers in the late 1800’s, and the subsequent inflow of refugees in 1948, has vastly outstripped the areas resources.

The majority of the residents of Jenin and surrounding villages have traditionally depended on employment inside Israel. Since the outbreak of hostilities at the close of the Camp David accords, terror attacks perpetrated from Jenin became an almost daily reality in Israel. The result was the gradual closing of the crossings into Israel for Jenin residents. At the same time, the Palestinian Authority cracked down on all attempts by Israeli and foreign entrepreneurs to establish joint economic projects in Jenin. In the past year and a half, Jenin’s unemployment has reached staggering proportions.

Out of the poverty and ideological incitement, desperation comes to the fore. The terror organizations have declared that they have hundreds of suicide bombers ready to act. From the first of the suicide bombers in 1993 until today, suicide bombings are seen as the most effective way of creating fear and anxiety within Israeli society. There have been 177 suicide bomber attacks from 1993 until today, 116 of them in the past year, of which 23 came from the Jenin area.

Financial rewards await the families of those who perpetrate such attacks, or who merely confront Israeli soldiers at border crossings in the hope of martyrdom. In the first month of the confrontation, the Palestinian Authority pledged to pay several hundred dollars to each family that lost a child to “political activity,” a euphemism for confrontations with Israeli soldiers. To this was added substantial sums paid by The Saudi Committee for Support of the Al-Aqsa Intifada, run by Saudi Interior Minister Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz.

However, the really big money is in suicide attacks, with up to $15,000 being paid to families of suicide attackers by the government of Saddam Hussein. The Saudi fund, too, has offered large sums—up to $5,000—to the families of bombers killed in the course of “martyrdom operations.”

The Jenin area habecome a financial backwater, nurtured on myths of Palestinian Islamic heroism—a calamity waiting to happen. The tragedy of Jenin is that some of the wealthiest nations of the world have invested so much in the preservation of the city’s backwardness, extremism, and desperation. While the Palestinian Authority outlaws joint Israeli-Palestinian economic projects, the Arab world has made its investments in Jenin conditional, not upon life, but upon death.



 
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