Bloodbath in Jenin

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Jenin (Photo: Reuters)

An estimated 15,000 mourners attended funeral procession of Palestinian Martyrs through the streets Jenin Refugee Camp, March 22, 2014 (Photo: Reuters)

In a pre-dawn raid the morning of March 22 Israel military forces stormed the Jenin refugee camp, assassinating 3 people and wounding at least 14 others. Ma’an News identified the deceased as Hamza Abu al-Haija, 22, Mahmoud Abu Zeina, 17, Yazan Mahmoud Basim Jabarin, 22.

An estimated 15,000 mourners attended the funeral procession thru the streets of the camp later in the day, many chanting against PA President Mahmoud Abbas. “Where are you Abbas? They killed us while you watched.”

Allegations have been made the operation was carried out in coordination with the Palestinian Authority. According to Ynet “security officials” said after Israeli forces surrounded the building “Palestinian security services in the area were told to stay in their offices.”

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March 22,2014 The blood of Palestinian martyrs flows thru the streets of Jenin (photo: Ma’an Images)

Abu al-Hija was a commander in the al-Qassam brigades, Abu Jabarin was a member of al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades and Abu Zeina was affiliated with al-Quds Brigades.

According to Israeli military sources Abu al-Hija, the son of a prominent Hamas leader jailed by Israel for the last 12 years, was a “ticking time bomb” and the target of the attack. He was wanted for “shooting and bombing attacks as well as planning future attacks” and the forces enter the camp allegedly in an attempt to arrest him. Al-Hija barricaded himself in his home, a battle ensued, Israeli forces gained entry and killed him.

Hamas information office issued a press release  calling for “a new era of challenge and response to the occupation” and an end to negotiations and security coordination with Israel (Google translate):

 “occupation unique to our people and our young people continue to be killed in the Judaization of Jerusalem and the settlements in the West , and people do not reap from security coordination only mass devastation.”

Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) reports Palestinian factions vow to respond to Israeli escalation 

GAZA, March 22 (KUNA) — Three Palestinian resistance factions have warned that they will resolutely retaliate against recent Israeli attacks on the West Bank which left three Palestinian civilians dead. The warning was given in a joint statement released Saturday by Ezz Al-Din al-Qassam Brigades,, the armed wing of Hamas Movement, Al-Quds Brigades, the armed wing of the Islamic Jihad Movement, and Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, the armed wind of Fatah Movement.

…..They vowed that the Israeli attack on Palestinians would not go unpunished and there would be strong retaliation from Palestinian resistance movements.

New York Times journalists Jodi Rudoren and Fares Akram reported Palestinian leaders were “outraged” by the attack and that this “raised to 60 the number of Palestinians killed” since the framework negotiations between Israel and the Palestine began last summer:Israeli Raid Leaves 3 Dead in West Bank Refugee Area

[Palestinian leaders] warned that what they described as a purposeful Israeli escalation in recent days threatened to scuttle the negotiations and spawn a surge of violence in the West Bank.

Nabil Abu Rudeineh, a spokesman for President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority, condemned the Israeli raid and called on the Obama administration “to move quickly to prevent the collapse of everything.”

The fragile negotiations are at a crucial moment. Washington is pressing for an extension of the talks’ nine-month timetable, but a disagreement between Israeli and Palestinian leaders over the terms for a release of Palestinian prisoners scheduled for this week could cause a breakdown.

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  1. Cliff
    March 23, 2014, 9:49 am

    What is it that Zionist Jews say about Arabs and Muslims (since they identify Palestinians as such)?

    That they worship a culture of death?

    What is it that Judi Rudoren said about those Palestinians in mourning?

    Look at how they kill this man and leave him in a pool of his own blood in the middle of a street?

    The Israelis have not once in recent memory fought opponents who could fight back meaningfully.

    What is this conflict about? LAND

    Jewish colonists stole the homeland of another people. That other people, the Palestinians, fought back how they could.

    Now, in the present, Zionist Jews and their bought-and-paid-for allies call these men terrorists (who no doubt are in many cases). But these men would not have taken up arms if Zionism had not existed and if it had not driven their ancestors off their land.

    You might as well call the Native Americans terrorists too. And you could.

    But who has the moral legitimacy in this conflict? The thief or the victim?

    The Jewish colonists have always been the villains of this story. Fuck Israel.

  2. Tzombo
    March 23, 2014, 9:56 am

    And still they did not get the response they needed to accuse the Palestinians of breaking the peace talks. Expect more of these raids.

  3. Pamela Olson
    March 23, 2014, 10:09 am

    The other shoe drops. As always. Precise Israeli army/government timing to scuttle any slim hope of coming to any kind of even minimal accord or agreement.

    Not that there was much hope anyway. But this is just gratuitous. I don’t even know what to say anymore.

    • kalithea
      March 23, 2014, 12:17 pm

      Precise Israeli army/government timing to scuttle any slim hope of coming to any kind of even minimal accord or agreement.

      Uh, who wants them to come to an agreement that will only screw the Palestinians permanently?

      Not that I like what the criminal thug Israelis are doing.

      • Pamela Olson
        March 23, 2014, 7:23 pm

        That’s what I’m saying — there wasn’t any real hope anyway. But they had to do this… “just in case”?

  4. justicewillprevail
    March 23, 2014, 10:16 am

    Is this the normalisation the usual suspects are crowing about? I suppose this is what Israel considers normal, certainly there is nothing new here, tragically.

  5. Refaat
    March 23, 2014, 10:41 am

    I have been humming this famous Palestinian folklore(will try to render the lyrics into arabic)

    “Who should save the Camp of Jenin?
    It cried mournfully of destruction.
    Who will be there for Balata Camp calling for Muslims?
    -Why are you unmindful. silent and indifferent?
    – My houses have been shelled by the warplanes of thieves and usurpers.
    – My kids have been slain by the shells of the murderers.
    – My fields have been burnt down by the hate of the damned Butcher.
    – And all the loved ones have been torn apart, crying.

    A mother is searching for her kid imprisoned under the rubble.
    She runs in agony and calls between the ruins of Jenin:
    My son, my darling, my beloved, are you dead or buried?
    God, make this plight easy on me–You alone lift all the pain.

    Jerusalem is weeping and Alaqsa Mosque is a prisoner.
    And Church of the Nativity that has never been humiliated before
    now is sieged with cannons, and guns and ambushes.
    O, my people, Rise. Dust off the humiliation of the years.

    “Who should save the Camp of Jenin?
    It cried mournfully of destruction.
    Who will be there for Balata Camp calling for Muslims?
    -Why are you unmindful. silent and indifferent?”

    Listen here
    link to 4shared-china.com

    • kalithea
      March 23, 2014, 12:23 pm

      Such sadness, misery and injustice perpetuated. We are listening, outraged and praying for the world and God to intervene.

    • Annie Robbins
      March 23, 2014, 12:56 pm

      thank you refaat, listening now

    • Annie Robbins
      March 25, 2014, 3:05 am

      listening again refaat. it makes such a difference reading the lyrics. i can’t get over it, how they slaughter.

  6. flyod
    March 23, 2014, 10:56 am

    don’t ever be fooled….this is why obama, kerry, et al are tools

  7. CloakAndDagger
    March 23, 2014, 11:43 am

    What a horrible news to wake up to on this beautiful Spring morning in the bay area! Karma does not forget. That axe will fall.

  8. Citizen
    March 23, 2014, 11:55 am

    Thanks, Annie

    I’m with Pamela Olson–I don’t know what to say anymore. My only hope is with BDS, and with the growing number of books coming out on the subject, The Israel Lobby, Goliath, Weir’s book, and a few more recently published books I mentioned under another recent article here. I sure hope the Palestinians can hang on until the hole in the hasbara wall gets bigger. The hasbara agents are everywhere; every time a new book comes out on Amazon telling truth about this subject a negative review’s comment section is manned by Zionist defenders, who keep repeating hasbara lies and calling truth tellers jew haters. Their favorite tactic is to say someone commenting in support of a book gets their data from StormFront or David Duke. Or, they avoid directly calling the author an anti-semite but say the author feeds into such anti-Semitic POV. It’s relentless. Take a look under any book at Amazon’s reviews of books that attempt to inform the American people on the US-Israel “special relationship” or on what’s happening in Israel. The consolation at this point is that the negative reviews have very few yays, and lots more nays. People are getting smarter on this subject and refusing to back down from the relentless hasbara agents.

  9. kalithea
    March 23, 2014, 12:29 pm

    Abbas will be remembered as Israel’s main collaborator and sub-contractor! He has long overstayed his welcome. More Zionist expansion and criminal activity has taken place during his leadership than at any other time in Palestine’s history!

    The PA must close up their office and return to being ordinary oppressed citizen like their own people! They are betraying their people by continuing with this Zionist-enabling farce!

    ONE STATE AND RIGHTS FOR ALL PEOPLE. NOW!

    • puppies
      March 23, 2014, 1:34 pm

      Criticism of the PA and Abbas is also starting to filter through the general censorship.
      See this: link to counterpunch.org
      The PA will have to be totally discredited and exposed before any meaningful steps can ever be taken.

    • Walid
      March 24, 2014, 5:17 am

      “Abbas will be remembered as Israel’s main collaborator and sub-contractor! He has long overstayed his welcome. ”

      Some here would tell you that you are being too harsh on the man as his hands are tied and events happening around him are beyond his control and Palestinians should be grateful to him as he’s preventing the Zionists from completely erasing them.

      In Edward Said’s own words of 13 years ago from puppies’ Counterpunch linked article; Said had already expressed his disappointment with Arafat, Abbas, Erekat and the rest of the Palestinian geniuses that negotiated and signed off the Oslo agreement without having a lawyer from their side present:

      “… As for the Oslo “peace process” that began in 1993, it has simply repackaged the occupation, offering a token 18 per cent of the lands seized in 1967 to the corrupt Vichy-like Authority of Arafat, whose mandate has essentially been to police and tax his people on Israel’s behalf. After eight fruitless, immiserating years of further ‘negotiations’, orchestrated by a team of US functionaries which has included such former lobby staffers for Israel as Martin Indyk and Dennis Ross, more abuses, more settlements, more imprisonments, more suffering have been inflicted on the Palestinians.”

      • Citizen
        March 24, 2014, 6:30 am

        @ Walid

        Yes, Said said there was no lawyer representing the Palestinian Oslo . negotiators. And he implied that, at the time, Arafat, for one, didn’t care. I wonder if the Palestinian negotiation team has at least one present now during the current Kerry-brokered peace process? Anybody know?

        I’m shocked by the thought. Well, there’s at least one sort-of-defacto one, an American international lawyer (and apparent Gentile) who’s been publishing advice to the Palestinians, although I don’t know if their negotiator team is reading it–some of those leaders were also at Oslo with Arafat. The Jewish press calls this adviser a wing-nut: link to jewishpress.com

        After reading the linked article I questioned who was the real wing-nut.

      • Citizen
        March 24, 2014, 6:40 am

        The “wing-nut” is John V. Whitbeck; he writes opinion articles for Aljazeera but I was forbidden to access their profile of him: link to aljazeera.com

        Here’s wikipedia’s write up on Mr Whitbeck: link to en.wikipedia.org

      • Citizen
        March 24, 2014, 6:55 am

        Seems Whitbeck has served as an advisor to Palestinian leaders engaged in the I-P peace process for some time: link to amazon.com

        Maybe just from afar?

      • puppies
        March 24, 2014, 8:36 am
      • puppies
        March 24, 2014, 7:21 am

        @Walid – “Some here would tell you that you are being too harsh on the man as his hands are tied and events happening around him are beyond his control and Palestinians should be grateful to him as he’s preventing the Zionists from completely erasing them.”
        Yarright, when exactly did he prevent what exactly? And what with? His US-trained police’s popguns given to only shoot his “own”people? Read his official job description –he is in charge of presiding over the *disarming of the Palestinian population. A task he is so surprisingly effective at!
        Edward Saïd observed that both Pétain and Arafat used to be the highest military commanders and generally admired heroes of their peoples: effectively, it takes a rare combination of great tactical cunning and deep stupidity to accept in good faith the direction of collaborationist treason.
        At any rate Abbas is entirely innocent of any good faith.

  10. kalithea
    March 23, 2014, 12:46 pm

    Here’s a variation on MLKs quote: An injustice to one anywhere is an injustice to all everywhere.

    We are all potential slaves when we fail to act now. :

    link to m.theatlantic.com

  11. Bumblebye
    March 23, 2014, 1:10 pm

    Had there been “shootings and bombing” carried out in Israel by Abu al Hija, surely our msm would have been full of gruesome detail and declaiming terrorism. I don’t recall such tales. If carried out on the West Bank, we still would have heard the same – though it would clearly be resistance, not terrorism, targetting the squatting invaders or their thuggish enablers/protectors.

  12. Kate
    March 23, 2014, 3:22 pm

    from Gideon Levy’s article in Haaretz today:

    link to haaretz.com

    I met with fugitive Hamza “Hamzi” Abu al-Haija around two weeks ago, at his home on the slopes of the Jenin refugee camp (“Twilight Zone,” March 7). Hamzi didn’t act like a wanted man. He was spending the day in his family home, acting normally; he wasn’t armed nor did he betray any signs of the nervousness typical of men on the run that I’ve met over the years. Wearing sweats, he was playing with his little niece and joined the conversation we were having with his mother. He smiled a lot and said he was not afraid.

    I first met Hamzi in June 2003. He was 11, with both parents and his oldest brother in jail, and the five remaining children, all of then young, were forced to fend for themselves. I described Hamzi then as a scared and quiet boy. His mother, Asmaa, was placed in administrative detention (arrest without trial). She spent nine months in prison, all the while suffering from a brain tumor. The family home was destroyed in 2002 by a missile fired by an Apache helicopter, but was rebuilt and is now roomy, pleasant and well-tended, with pictures of the father and his sons on a large poster in the living room. Two of Hamzi’s brothers, Abed and Amad, are also imprisoned in Israel.

    • Annie Robbins
      March 23, 2014, 9:26 pm

      that’s heartbreaking kate.

    • kalithea
      March 24, 2014, 10:31 am

      omg! I hope and pray that one day there’s an equivalent of the Nuremburg trials at the Hague and every single crime committed by these Zionist thugs is prosecuted. I really hope people are keeping records and passing them on from one generation to the next. This is insanity. I can’t imagine suffering like that. These people need so much help. I don’t know how Zionists can frolic on the beach and enjoy themselves in bars and cafes. If I lived next to a criminal operation like this I don’t know…I couldn’t live knowing so much suffering is happening because of my presence there. I’d probably be arrested for breaking down the door of the Knesset screaming outrage! up and down the halls or maybe I’d stand on a box every day in the center of Tel Aviv or Jerusalem with a big sign: CRIMINAL SOCIETY, but what the hell, they’d throw my ass in jail in a New York minute.

      But that would never happen because I’d rather live anywhere than have these crimes committed on my behalf. It’s even so hard to write this; to pretend I’m a Zionist; it’s strange but I actually feel guilty just pretending I’m one. I don’t know how Zionists do it, how they can just go about their business here and there while this is happening. I couldn’t be any kind of Zionist. I just don’t know what kind of people Zionists are to perpetuate this kind of suffering on other human beings for so long. It’s just utter depravity and so despicable.

  13. dbroncos
    March 23, 2014, 3:35 pm

    Deadly provocations to sink the peace talks. Predictable Zionist evil.

  14. ivri
    March 23, 2014, 7:07 pm

    Forget the context and just ask: is the “blood bath” choice appropriate for the killing of 3 people? And ones who conspired to carry out a terror attack? If you use this term here what language would you use for an incident in Syria where 200 civilians are killed with no militant-context at all? And especially so if it happens there daily

    • Annie Robbins
      March 23, 2014, 8:35 pm

      ones who conspired to carry out a terror attack

      nope, alleged (by known liars and fabricators who always justify their slaughters) to have conspired to carry out a terror attack. besides, it’s doubtful anything they planned on carrying out would have been more of a terror attack than what these soldiers engaged in irvi, and i don’t see you complaining about that.

      and yes, i think bloodbath is an entirely appropriate term. when blood is running thru and puddling up in the street, it’s a bloodbath. i could have published photos from inside his house too. reminded me of 24 year old Muataz Washaha, whom they pumped 64 bullets into. link to thestruggle.org

      it’s sport killing, hunting humans like shooting fish in a barrel. shame shame shame.

      • kalithea
        March 24, 2014, 10:34 am

        Thank you!

      • Mayhem
        March 25, 2014, 10:00 am

        @annie, you’ll have to do a bit better than that to win the Dishonest Reporting Award for 2014. The handling of the Jenin massacre by the media got the Dishonest Reporting Award in 2002 – see
        link to honestreporting.com

    • puppies
      March 24, 2014, 12:39 am

      @hebrew – Even one single attack against anyone in the occupied territory is a crime against humanity. No matter what the murderers allege about the person, the presence there of anyone from the Zionist entity is criminal by itself; any civilians around should have been perfectly within their rights to dispatch the murderers there and then. So please tell you bosses that the proper thing to do to comply with the law is to arm the Palestinians adequately enough for them to defend themselves.

  15. hophmi
    March 23, 2014, 11:16 pm

    link to twitter.com

    Same guy as the picture.

    “besides, it’s doubtful anything they planned on carrying out would have been more of a terror attack than what these soldiers engaged in irvi, and i don’t see you complaining about that.”

    Based on?

    “and yes, i think bloodbath is an entirely appropriate term.”

    It isn’t, but I suspect you’d call it a nuclear holocaust if you thought it could gain you any more followers.

    “it’s sport killing, hunting humans like shooting fish in a barrel. shame shame shame.”

    I’ve never seen you say “shame shame shame” when the victims were Jewish civilians.

    • Annie Robbins
      March 23, 2014, 11:53 pm

      shame shame shame:

    • tree
      March 24, 2014, 1:41 am

      Same guy as the picture.

      Except that he’s not carrying a weapon in the photo of him lying dead in the street. So your position is that any one who ever carried a gun is fair game? That would place the majority of Israeli Jews in the same “fair game” category. Or is this another one of those rules you brandish that don’t apply to Jews, only to Palestinians? Thought so.

      And BTW, here is the stalwart IDF explanation of his death:

      He was wanted for “shooting and bombing attacks as well as planning future attacks” and the forces enter the camp allegedly in an attempt to arrest him. Al-Hija barricaded himself in his home, a battle ensued, Israeli forces gained entry and killed him.

      Notice in the photo there is absolutely no blood in the doorway of the home. Only blood around him on the street. That’s where they killed him. They didn’t kill him in his home and he didn’t have a weapon when he was killed. That’s murder, and the IDF lied about the circumstances of his death to cover it up.

    • puppies
      March 24, 2014, 8:01 am

      @hophme – “I’ve never seen you say “shame shame shame” when the victims were Jewish civilians.” You aren’t going out enough; accidents happening to people of any religion or without religion are generally deplored.
      Zionist invaders are not “Jewish civilians”; in fact their belonging to either of these two categories is at best doubtful. They are criminals who have started an all-out war of extermination against the owners of the land, never called it off and firmly declare that they will not call it off.
      Their government is responsible for any and all damages due to their war and they are themselves collectively responsible for electing their government. Besides, this is not a war but a turkey shoot –by the world’s second best armed war machine against a people with even fewer means than naked turkeys.

      • hophmi
        March 24, 2014, 11:01 am

        ” You aren’t going out enough; accidents happening to people of any religion or without religion are generally deplored.”

        I’m out more than you in these parts. I’ve never seen anyone here say shame shame when the victim was a Jewish civilian in a terrorist attack.

        “Zionist invaders are not “Jewish civilians””

        Infants are Zionist invaders?

        “They are criminals who have started an all-out war of extermination against the owners of the land, never called it off and firmly declare that they will not call it off.”

        You’re a genocidalist. Got it.

      • puppies
        March 25, 2014, 7:06 pm

        “shame shame when the victim was a Jewish civilian in a terrorist attack.”
        I’ll certainly say it if it happens to any person of the Jewish religion accidentally harmed by an attack in Europe or the US, etc. Doesn’t have to be a terrorist attack either. Accidents, disease, police brutality, etc. are all to deplored no matter the victim’s religion.
        Does not apply to Zionists consciously occupying Palestine.

        The responsibility for minors in a war zone rests entirely with the holders of parental authority and the aggressor state that allows any civilian populations, if that is they are civilians, into such a zone.

        You personally support, pay for and cheer the deliberate murder of unprotected populations, including many minors; you also support excusing an additional number as “collateral damage”, all as part of the genocide being committed by your Zionist family. Goose and gander.
        By the way, the war zone as of now is all the territory under the sovereignty of the aggressor.

    • pjdude
      March 24, 2014, 10:40 am

      You mean the israeli civilians illegally in occupied territory which even the international Red Cross admits on implication aren’t protected under the fourth Geneva convention because their not legally allowed to be there? When anyone dies it’s sad. But Israelis have brought these things upon themselves by waging war of conquest after war of conquest. Is it sad when they die yes but spare the wheedling for sympathy cause they don’t deserve it. That’s reserved for people who didn’t die while commuting war crimes

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