Adnan al-Hindi, leader of the Popular Committee, a group representing the
political interests of the Palestine Liberation Organization, said the children
were exploited by their director in order to “normalize” relations with Israel.
Hindi said, “It was a shock and a surprise to the children and their relatives.”
Hindi commented further, saying that the group’s director, Wafaa Younis, told
the children’s families that the purpose of the trip was only artistic
expression. Younis, who lives in central Israel, has been journeying to Jenin
every week, only to teach music.
She claimed camp officials only wanted to control the group to get its funding.
According to an AP report, she stated, “They want to destroy this group. It’s a
shame, it’s a tragedy. What did these poor, elderly people do wrong? What did
these children do wrong?”
Jenin was known in ancient times as the Canaanite village of Ein-Ganeem or Tel Jenin. The city of Ein-Ganeem is mentioned in the Hebrew Bible as the city of the Levites of the Tribe of Issachar. After some years, the city's name was changed to Ginat. In book of Yehudit the settlement is mentioned as Gini. The Jewish historian Josephus also mentioned Ganim as a city in northern Samaria. The modern Arabic name Jenin ultimately derives from this ancient name. The origin of the place as Ein-Ganeem was recognised by Ishtori Haparchi. In the 20th century C.E., the State of Israel built a nearby Israeli settlement, Ganim, also named after the ancient village. This settlement was evacuated in August 2005 as part of Israel's unilateral disengagement plan. Another Israeli community was also given the name of Ein Ganim, today part of Petah Tikva.
Jenin was a center of civil unrest during the 1936-1939 Arab revolt in Palestine which was prompted by the death of Sheikh Izz ad-Din al-Qassam in a fire-fight with British colonial police, for whom a Hamas military wing was since named. It was also used by Fawzi al-Qawuqji's partisans. On August 25, 1938, the after the British Assistant District Commissioner was assassinated in his Jenin office, a large British force with explosives entered the town. After ordering the inhabitants to leave, about one quarter of the town was blown up.
In the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, the city was defended by Iraqi forces, then captured briefly by forces of Israeli Karmeli Brigade during the "10 Days' fighting" following the cancellation of the first cease-fire. The offensive was actually a feint designed to draw Arab forces away from the critical Siege of Jerusalem, and gains in that sector were quickly abandoned when Arab reinforcements arrived.
The southern entrance of Jenin holds a cemetery for the dead of the Iraqi army and some Palestinians who fought with them against the Israeli forces.
The Jenin refugee camp was founded in 1953 to house Palestinians who fled or were expelled from their native villages and towns in the areas that became the Israeli territory during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War.
For 19 years, the city was under Jordanian control; it was then captured by the Peled division of the IDF on the first day of the Six-Day War of 1967.
The city was handed over by Israel to the control of the Palestinian Authority in 1996. At the start of the al-Aqsa Intifada, Israel alleged that the city had become a central source for the dispatching of suicide bombers to the North and Center of Israel. According to Israeli sources, a quarter of all suicide bombings carried out in Israel during the current, second Intifada originated in Jenin. See Palestinian political violence for an in-depth discussion of this broader issue.
 Battle of Jenin
Main article: Battle of Jenin
Following the battle, Jenin fell under the control of the Israeli military. In that time, residents of Jenin have been subject to extended curfews (over 150 days since June 2002, nearly all prior to 2004. Several Palestinian militants and nearby civilians have been killed by the Israel Defense Forces on targeted killings. 56 Palestinians were killed, the majority combatants, and 23 Israelis. UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) employee Iain Hook was also killed by Israeli troops on November 22, 2002.
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Jenin and the day of Good Deeds
Jenin refugee camp Palestinian youth play music for a group of elderly holocaust survivors now living in Holon Israel and yet even those Good Deeds have to be attributed to nefarious motives . How did the children do wrong or the elderly? One would have a hard time explaining that.Just for the day, these groups had a comeraderie in good music that transcended centuries of hareds acccentuated since the founding of the Jewish state. It has been the center for the dispatching of suicide bombers in the North and Center(Israel has so alleged since the beginning of the al-Aqsa Intifada) and has been so since the second Intifada. The camp was founded in 53 to house fleeing Palestinians from the 48 Israeli-Arab War. It was handed over to the Palestinian Authority by Israel in 96. Following the battle of Jenin the area was under the control of the Israeli military and the area was subject to curfew. Palestinian militants were the subject of targeted killings by the IDF. UNRWA relief of the United Nations has been operative.