by John Hawkins | May 1, 2002 6:43 am
Jenin ‘massacre’ reduced to death toll of 56: Even before the Israelis left Jenin the Palestinians were telling everyone who would listen that there was a massacre there. There were mass graves, dozens of bodies stacked into buildings before they were demolished, the Israelis were deliberately burying people alive in their houses, etc. Of course, anyone with 1/2 a brain was highly dubious of those claims. But, there were many people who lapped this propaganda up wholesale including the UN and most of the British press among others. Well today Kadoura Mousa, the head of Arafat’s Fatah movement, had a few things say about Jenin in a Washington Post article…
He no longer used the ubiquitous Palestinian charge of “massacre” and instead portrayed the battle as a “victory” for Palestinians in resisting Israeli forces. “Here the Israelis, who tried to break the Palestinian willpower, have been taught a lesson,” Mr. Kadoura said.
He insisted that Israel had tried but failed, thanks to the heavy fighting, to destroy the entire warren of homes in the camp that had housed 11,000 people.
So not only was their previous charge complete horsecrap designed for the consumption of gullible Westerners, but now Jenin was a “victory” for Palestinians. You know what the worst thing about this is? Despite the fact that the Palestinians have been busted telling a Mothra sized whopper here, the same people at the UN, in the British press, in European leadership positions, and in relief agencies will completely buy whatever wild charges the Palestinians come up with next despite the fact that they got completely bamboozled this time. Suckers.
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