Operation Defensive Shield and the myth of the Jenin massacre
NGOs were prominent in spreading false rumors of a "massacre" in the immediate aftermath of Israel's operation Defensive Shield in April 2002 against Palestinian terrorist networks within the Jenin refugee camp. A member of the Amnesty International team, Professor Derrick Pounder, a forensic expert, was quoted by the BBC immediately after the operation, saying the signs point to a massacre. Even though Amnesty International later admitted that there was no massacre, its instinctive and premature hints, taken up by the international media, contributed to the quick spread of the lie of the massacre that is still being exploited by anti-Israel organizations.
Additional Sources, References, and Links
- “Jenin Jenin” – What Really Happened?, interview with Dr. David Zangen, October 15, 2012
- Dr. Elihu Richter, "Terror Toll Before Jenin," European Journal of Public Health, 2005 15(1):105; Letter to the Editor (Response to Giacaman)
- Transcript of interview with Urmi Shah from HRW, broadcast in "Jenin: Massacring the Truth," produced and directed by Martin Himel, Elsasah Productions, for Global Television Network, Inc. July, 2004.
- "Review of Martin Himmel's Analysis of Media Distortions in Reporting on Events in Jenin, Broadcast on Global TV (Canada)," Aish.com, May 30, 2004.
- Dr. David Zangen, "Seven Lies About Jenin," IMRA, November 8, 2002.
- Martin Sief, "Why Europeans Bought Jenin Myth," UPI, May 21, 2002.
- Martin Sief, "Jenin: Documenting the Myth," UPI, May 20, 2002.
- Jeningrad: What the British media said, Tom Gross, May 13, 2002
- "Operation Defensive Shield," Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, March 29, 2002.