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Battle for truth in Jenin
Israel insists it has nothing to hide in Jenin. So why is it trying to prevent the world discovering its innocence?

Brian Whitaker, The Guardian, April 23, 2002

Amnesty has collected a number of witness statements alleging, among other things, that extra-judicial executions took place, that some Palestinians were shot while in the process of surrendering or even afterwards, that detainees were used as human shields and that medical workers were attacked in circumstances where there was no reason to suspect they were terrorists in disguise.

Apart from these specific incidents, where the complaints suggest a pattern rather than isolated cases of indiscipline by Israeli forces, there are two very disturbing allegations about the way the "operation" against Jenin was conducted.

The first is that Israel failed to take reasonable steps to protect civilians in the refugee camp. This is highly reminiscent of the Sabra and Chatila massacres in 1982 - for which an official Israeli inquiry decided that Ariel Sharon, the current prime minister, bore "personal responsibility". [...]

The second allegation of systematic criminality is that even after the battle of Jenin was over, Israel wilfully prevented humanitarian access to the camp, including attempts to save the injured and dying.
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