May 20, 2004

The Jenin mantra

On the BBC news I am hearing Israeli officials chanting the "Jenin mantra" with regard to reports on Rafah. "You are committing war crimes" say the interviewers. "Ah but you said "hundreds killed in Jenin" say the Israeli spokespersons. Now follow this link. It was actually Israeli army chief of staff Shaul Mofaz who said that more than 200 Palestinians have been killed and 1,500 injured since the offensive was launched on 29 March (2002). Elswhere on the internet, a google search as follows - "Ron Kitrey" Jenin - calls up many sites, most of which quote Israeli Brigadier-General Ron Kitrey as saying that "hundreds of Palestinians" were killed in Jenin. Now why don't BBC interviewers delve into their own archives about these issues? To be continued.

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