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The Jenin Probe Ends

The United Nations, unhappy about the prospect of seeing Israel exonerated, decides not to investigate Jenin.

12:00 AM, May 1, 2002 • By DAVID TELL
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In the past few days, the Israeli Defense Forces have released intelligence reports indicating that a "special public affairs committee" of Palestinians in Jenin has organized extensive preparations for Kofi Annan's fact-finding committee. Specifically, the Palestinians appear to be inventing those facts they wish to be found. According to the Israelis, camp residents "have begun moving bodies buried in the cemetery next to the government hospital prior to operation 'Defensive Shield' into a 'mass grave' of casualties of the operation." Furthermore, the Palestinian Authority has ordered a stop to searches through demolished buildings "so that they will be found only in the presence of the UN committee." The PA has rented houses in the town of Jenin for persons displaced from the UN camp, but has asked them to "arrive back in the refugee camp during daytime (the UN committee operating hours) and sit inside tents."

Meanwhile, Yasser Arafat's operatives are busy hiding evidence of Palestinian military activity in Jenin--and attempting to conceal the fact that at least 21 Palestinian locals have been wounded by unexploded terrorist ordinance since the Israelis withdrew from the scene.

Israel has made six specific requests to the United Nations during the latest, apparently fruitless negotiations over a Jenin fact-finding mission. One of them is that Kofi Annan guarantee his team will look into reports like these, as well. Annan would rather forget the whole thing than provide such an assurance of balance.

Just as well.

David Tell is opinion editor of The Weekly Standard.