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“Neither Jewish morality nor Jewish tradition can be used to disallow terror as a means of war... We are very far from any moral hesitations when concerned with the national struggle. First and foremost, terror is for us a part of the political war appropriate for the circumstances of today...”

— Yitzhak Shamir
Israeli Prime Minister, Zionist terrorist
in an August 1943 article titled “Terror”, written for Hazit
the journal of Lehi, the terrorist organization he belonged to

Eyewitness Jenin:
Evidence of A Massacre

International A.N.S.W.E.R.
(Act Now to Stop War and End Racism)
Friday, May 23, 2002

Report from the Jenin Refugee Camp, West Bank, Palestine:

Jenin, Like Qibya in 1953, Is Another Massacre by Ariel Sharon

On May 23, the A.N.S.W.E.R. delegation entered Jenin, a densely populated civilian refugee camp, and found undisputed evidence of a massacre. The delegation interviewed and took testimony from witnesses and survivors of the devastation and slaughter perpetrated by the Israeli military in its recent invasion of the West Bank, including the Jenin refugee camp.

In Jenin this testimony confirmed the indiscriminate and vicious nature of the recent Sharon directed military attack against the Jenin refugee camp.

“The coordinator for health services in the camp reported that as of now they have found and identified 55 bodies, and held funerals for those people. Of these, 5 were members of the Palestinian security forces and 12 were from various factions who defended the residents of Jenin against the Israeli invasion. The other thirty-eight were non-combatants, including children, elderly and disabled persons. Rescue workers believe there may be 10 to 40 others who are still buried in the rubble or who will never be found, leading sources in Jenin to estimate that there have been about 90 deaths,” reported Dr. Hillel Cohen, a public health doctor and epidemiologist and member of the delegation.

“Many of the houses that were destroyed by tank shells and missiles were then bulldozed flat by the Israelis. If any bodies were inside those, they may never be found. At the spot we were talking, a neighbor saw a shell explode the house of a disabled man. The building collapsed on top of him and his body has not yet been found.”

Approximately 5,000 persons have been rendered homeless, as the Israeli Defense Forces methodically destroyed residential areas by attacking first with tanks and missiles, and completing the destruction of homes and neighborhoods through the use of bulldozers. There are wide swaths of land that have been clear cut of houses and inhabitants, that were previously occupied by scores of homes separated by narrow pathways only a few meters wide. Many Palestinians still struggle to live in the rubble of partially destroyed homes with walls and roofs torn away and living areas exposed to the elements, and the number of persons displaced or rendered homeless is expected to increase as additional property are declared to be uninhabitable or structurally unsound.

“There can be no doubt, based on the undisputed number of civilians killed by Sharon’s military, the obvious use of indiscriminate forms of violence and weaponry, in addition to the testimony of eyewitnesses to war crimes and countless instances and human cruelty unjustified by any conceivable necessity, that there has been a massacre in Jenin,” stated Carl Messineo, human rights attorney and member of the delegation.

“The evidence of a massacre here is apparent. The only basis on which one could state that there was no massacre here is a political one.”

Yet, the mainstream media have declared Jenin to not be a massacre, most frequently citing a recent report by Human Rights Watch that while admitting the civilian slaughter, and the frequency of Israeli war crimes and crimes against humanity in Jenin, declared that the indiscriminate killings did not constitute a massacre. That report, which was announced at the same time that the U.N. bowed to Israeli wishes and withdrew its request to investigate Jenin, has been used to legitimize the Israeli and U.N. decision from growing worldwide criticism.

Based on the intensity of the shelling, Jenin residents initially guessed that there might have been hundreds or thousands killed. The numbers were much lower since many fled their homes, despite the curfew, at the first sounds of gunfire. The media contrasted these early, unconfirmed rumors to the confirmed body count of 55 to discredit the Palestinians and to scoff at the use of the word massacre.

Yet in the dictionary, “massacre” is defined as “savage and indiscriminate killing”, clearly an apt description of what took place. Some of the most well-known, historic massacres had fewer or similar numbers killed.

Messineo explained,

“The decision to reject the apparent evidence of massacre is a political decision, a mischaracterization used to immunize Ariel Sharon, the Israeli government and its U.S. backer, from responsibility for this unconscionable and indiscriminate military attack against Palestinian civilians. Even the killings of so-called Palestinian fighters cannot be justified under any standard of international humanitarian law, which recognizes the inherent right of people to self defense. When an invading army invades your homeland, fighting in self defense is justified to protect your self, your family and your people.”

As the world knows, this is not Ariel Sharon’s first massacre. In 1953, Ariel Sharon led his Unit 101 into Qibya, a civilian village, to execute Israel’s official policy of collective retaliatory punishment, ostensibly because there had been a recent killing of three Israelis. When Sharon left Qibya, sixty seven civilians had been killed by Israel’s military operation, between one half and two thirds of whom were women and children. Fifty six houses, the village mosque, school and water tank were destroyed. There has never been any dispute among historians as to whether Qibya — which has parallels to the scope of indiscriminate killing in Jenin — was a massacre.

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who directed the Jenin massacre, has been found responsible even by the Israeli government for the 1982 massacre at the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps in southern Lebanon in which up to 2,000 civilians were killed.

The delegation includes Richard Becker, West Coast Coordinator of the International Action Center and member of the A.N.S.W.E.R. coalition steering committee; Carl Messineo, attorney and co-founder of the Partnership for Civil Justice and member of the A.N.S.W.E.R. coalition steering committee; Sara Flounders, Co-Director of the International Action Center; Dr. Hillel Cohen, doctor of public health and epidemiologist and delegate of 1199 National Health and Human Services Employees Union.

Other field reports from the A.N.S.W.E.R. delegation are available online:

Gaza: http://www.internationalanswer.org/news/update/052002gazarept.html

Ramallah: http://www.internationalanswer.org/news/update/052202ramarept.html

Related pages

Jenin massacre:

The Jenin Massacre

Massacre at Jenin: “I now know the smell of death...”

Immortal Heroes of Jenin

The Israelis are Guilty of Mass Murder in Jenin

Israeli War Crimes at Jenin

Human Rights Watch report excerpts

“Sanity was buried alive...” at Jenin

Israeli state terrorism:

An American Heroine, Murdered by Israelis

The Israeli Connection To 9-11

American/Israeli Terrorism of the Palestinian People

A description of the sadistic nature and scope of Israeli state terrorism, with related sites for more information.

Israel’s State Terrorism
by Dr. Lev Grinberg

Albert Einstein Condemns Israeli Nazis

Zionism is Jewish Naziism: A Photo Essay on Israeli State Terrorism

Ariel Sharon: The Jewish Hitler

Return of the Terrorist: The Crimes of Ariel Sharon

Racist Zionism: Israeli Apartheid

Western State Terrorism
Alexander George, editor; essays by Noam Chomsky, Edward S. Herman, Gerry O’Sullivan and others

The infamous quote by Yitzhak Shamir, at the top of this page, is given in Western State Terrorism, chapter 2: International Terrorism: Image and Reality, by Noam Chomsky, section 6, and note 36. See chapter sections 4 through 8 for heavily-censored (in America) information on the historical realities of Israeli state terrorism.

Related sites

Photos from Jenin

Horrifying photos from the Jenin refugee camp, taken after the massacre by Israeli Nazis. There are sickening photos of mutilated, burned and dismembered bodies — and yet the most repulsive photo of all is the one of Colin Powell and Ariel Sharon while they’re alive (or are they?). It was taken during or shortly after the Jenin massacre as both of the old war criminals were enjoying themselves. Powell is leering evilly as he stands like a marionette on a string behind a stupidly gaping Sharon, whose squinting left eye is turned to the left while his open right eye stares directly at the viewer. A couple of freaky, filthy old murderers if there ever were. And if you pay taxes to the U.S. government, you’re paying these satanic freaks and their minions to literally butcher children.

The Other Apartheid:
Commission of Inquiry to Investigate U.S.-Backed Israeli War Crimes In Palestine


“Day after day, as Israeli ‘Defense’ Forces continue to kill, attack and humiliate the Palestinian people in a brutal occupation, the U.S. Government lays the blame for the conflict and responsibility for peace on the Palestinians. It arrogantly insists on ‘reform’ of all Palestinian institutions, the overturn of the Palestinian leadership and an end to all Palestinian resistance to occupation. The powerful combination of U.S. policy’s vast diplomatic support, arming and funding of Israel and the corporate media’s wildly distorted portrayal of the occupation creates mass confusion about the situation for people in the U.S.

“The Commission of Inquiry is being titled ‘The Other Apartheid’ as a comparison to the apartheid policies faced by Palestinian people in the Occupied Territories and within the 1948 border of Israel, and to those faced in South Africa. This is clearly a policy that comes from the top levels of the Israeli government with the full support of the United States, just as the U.S. and Israel supported the now-overthrown apartheid regime in South Africa.

“Few people in the U.S. realize that the U.S.-backed Israeli occupation breaks dozens of international laws and human rights conventions. Even fewer know of the dispossession of the Palestinian people to make way for the state of Israel, or of the long history of Palestinian resistance.”

Palestine Media Watch

“The purpose of Palestine Media Watch is to fight anti-Palestinian bias in the US media and to call for giving Palestinian views greater room for expression.

“Palestine Media Watch is a grass-roots media watch group established on October 5, 2000 to help fight US media bias against Palestinians via direct action: writing letters and making phone calls. Our strength is in the commitment of our dedicated members — our gadflies — who day after day, through their informed letters to newspapers, work for a more balanced, more humane, and more informed portrayal of the Middle East conflict.”

Palestine Chronicle
News and Commentary from Palestine, the Middle East, and Beyond...

Palestine Chronicle is an independent internet magazine, dedicated to addressing issues and offering perspectives rarely seen in mainstream western media. These issues include the plight and welfare of Palestinian refugees, as well as other displaced and oppressed people around the world.”

Electronic Intifada logo
The Electronic Intifada

“A resource for countering myth, distortion and spin from the Israeli media war machine.”

“The Electronic Intifada project...aims to focus on just one aspect of the struggle, the war in the media for a representation of the Palestinian point of view.”

This site also provides a running total the Palestinian men, women and children who have been murdered and injured by the Israeli “Defense” Forces.

Boycott Israel Campaign

“People of good conscience have chosen to boycott israeli products and companies supporting the zionist entity. ... We have carried out extensive research to identify the guilty companies. All our findings are provided here.”

Stop US Tax-funded Aid to Israel Now


“SUSTAIN is a non-hierarchical, grassroots organization committed to supporting and sustaining the Palestinian movement for justice, human rights and self-determination.

“The United States government supports Israeli violations of Palestinian national and human rights militarily, economically, and ideologically. The most tangible form of this support is the massive tax-funded aid that goes to Israel. We are committed to building a campaign against US military and economic aid to Israel so that US tax-dollars do not support the abuse of human rights.”

Indict Ariel Sharon
Justice for the Victims of Sabra & Shatila

“IndictSharon.net is the website of the International Campaign for Justice for the Victims of Sabra & Shatila, offering news on the case lodged in Belgium against Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and other Israelis and Lebanese responsible for the massacre, killing, rape and disappearance of civilians that took place in Beirut between 16 and 18 September 1982 in the camps of Sabra and Shatila and the surrounding area.”

MER - Mid East Realities

“MER’s purpose is to distill and present the most incisive and honest, the most insightful and independent, information and analysis about what is really going on in today’s Middle East as well as in Washington about the Middle East.”

Colorado Campaign for Middle East Peace

Media-censored information and photos documenting the efforts of private American citizens to protect the Palestinian people and protest Israeli state terrorism — within Israel itself.

Palestine Daily
daily news and current events

A great deal of news and information, with related links and sections on Afghanistan and Pakistan as well as Palestine and the Middle East in general.

Resources about Palestine

“A collection of talks, interviews and other materials to help broaden your knowledge of the Palestine issue.” Includes video and audio interviews with Palestinian people and peace workers.

Israeli Aggression, Militarism, and Terror

Excerpts from several books dealing with Israeli state terrorism:

The Zionist Terror Network (online book)

“This booklet documents the background and criminal activities of Jewish Zionist terrorist groups, and especially the Jewish Defense League. Particular emphasis is given here to terror — including murder — against ‘thought criminals’ who question the Holocaust story that six million Jews were systematically killed during the Second World War.

“Zionist terrorists openly proclaim an arrogant Jewish-supremacist ideology and acknowledge their readiness to use violence against those who disagree with them. With a well-documented record of bigotry and crime, they pose a serious danger to our society, and to men and women everywhere who treasure freedom.”

Return of the Terrorist:
The Crimes of Ariel Sharon


“Sharon’s history offers a monochromatic record of moral corruption, with a documented record of war crimes going back to the early 1950s.”

“In 1953 he was given command of Unit 101, whose....purpose was that of instilling terror by the infliction of discriminate, murderous violence not only on able bodied fighters but on the young, the old, the helpless.”


An International Action Center page with links to a good collection of informative articles on the brutal tactics of Israeli state terrorism, Israeli use of Depleted Uranium weapons, the political realities of the Al Aqsa Intifada, a related article by Mumia Abu-Jamal, and reports from the October/November 2000 IAC Fact Finding Mission To Palestine.

Al-Aqsa Intifada
The Palestinian Non-Governmental Organizations Network

Includes reports such as:

WSWS : News & Analysis : Israel and Palestine

This is the index page for an extensive collection of news articles and high-quality analysis. The articles deal with both the brutal Israeli terrorism and oppression of the Palestinian people, and the internal condition of Jewish Israeli society itself.


“There are in fact many Jewish movements, groups and organizations whose ideology regarding Zionism and the so-called ‘State of Israel’ is that of the unadulterated Torah position that any form of Zionism is heresy and that the existence of the so-called ‘State of Israel’ is illegitimate.”

Neturei Karta - Jews United Against Zionism

“In addition to condemning the central heresy of Zionism, we also reject its policy of aggression against all peoples. Today this cruelty manifests itself primarily in the brutal treatment of the Palestinian people. We proclaim that this inhuman policy is in violation of the Torah.

“NKI seeks peace and reconciliation with all peoples and nations. This is especially needed in our relations towards the Islamic world where Zionism has for 53 years done so much to ruin Jewish - Muslim understanding.

“We welcome the assistance of all men of good will and stand ready to assist all whose agenda coincides with ours.”

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