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New Book Exposes Breadth of Israeli Atrocities in Jenin last Spring (english)
01 Jan 2003
This eagerly-awaited collection of interviews with Jenin residents and medical personnel, statistics on deaths and material losses, pictures, and so on, is the authoritative story of the IOF's assault on Jenin refugee camp in the West Bank last April. The piercing account assembled painstakingly by an international team of over 60 journalists, activists, human rights officials and so on, despite the best efforts of the Israeli government to sabotage the project, reveals just how the IOF is prosecuting its ironfisted war against a Palestinian population it is supposed to be protecting.
Jenin Victims Narrate Israeli Atrocities in Extraordinary Book

Monday, December 30 2002 @ 05:58 AM GMT

Prof. Norman G. Finkelstein: “I am grateful to the editors of this volume for preserving the truth of Jenin's martyrdom for future generations - and, in doing so, redeeming in some small measure the suffering endured there.”



SEATTLE (PalestineChronicle.com) - After several months of Israeli attempts to conceal the conduct of the IDF in the Israeli invasion of the Jenin refugee camp in April 2002, the most compelling, detailed and revealing account of the historic events will finally be available to the public.

The book entitled “Searching Jenin, Eyewitness Accounts of the Israeli Invasion, 2002”, is without a doubt, a must for anyone interested in Middle East history, politics and current events. The work, which includes final statistics of casualties, human and material losses, is by far the most comprehensive and exhaustive volume written on the issue.

“Searching Jenin,” a collective effort of nearly 60 scholars, reporters, and activists, Palestinians, Israelis and Internationals, is edited by Ramzy Baroud, editor-in-chief of PalestineChronicle.com, and includes a Forward by the highly-renowned scholar, Noam Chomsky. The book is being published by Cune Press in Seattle, and is a part of their Bridge Between Cultures project.

“I owe my greatest thanks to our commissioned reporters in Palestine,” said Ramzy Baroud, the editor of ‘Searching Jenin”, Many of them put their safety, and in some cases, their lives on the line to collect account after tragic account for this book. Because of their integrity and professionalism, they were able to interview many high profile figures that refused to take an interview with any other news agency.”

Not only does the book include scores of telling accounts of residents who witnessed and survived the invasion, but it includes interviews with people such as the wife and the mother of Mahmud Tawalbe, the leader of the resistance in Jenin. Tawalbe was shot and killed by Israeli forces. The book also includes a detailed interview with the only eyewitness to the extra-judicial execution of Abu Jandal, the second in command of the Palestinian resistance in Jenin.

The courageous reporters who combed the streets of Jenin, interviewed medical personnel, resistance fighters, and even children, including an 8 year old girl named Rund, who complained that the army broke her only doll. Rund’s father was later shot and killed by the army. They also interviewed an elderly widow who explained how she implored Israeli forces as they demolished her small home, burying her disabled son alive under the rubble. Her son’s body was never recovered.

“We had so many obstacles to overcome, primarily the Israeli army’s refusal to allow me entry into Palestine,” stated Baroud. “For the past several months, the Israeli government has done everything in their power to cover-up their actions, including the barring of a UN investigation team to the area. Until now, the Palestinians are still unable to carry out their own official investigation due to the fact that the camp is still under a strict curfew. But in spite of all these hurdles, and thanks to the hard work and contributions of so many, the truth is going to come out into the light.”

Baroud and Cune Press are ready for the anticipated controversy such a book will stir, which follows the recent release of the film documentary titled, “Jenin, Jenin”, a film that was abruptly banned by the Israeli government. However, they both state that “Searching Jenin” will not simply add fuel to the controversy about the events in Jenin, but that it will prove to be the most revealing document to date regarding the atrocities last April that came to be a symbol of Palestinian resistance world-wide.

Ali Samoudi, the project facilitator in Jenin stressed, “The promotion of this important book is the collective responsibility of all who care about justice and truth. This book is dear to the hearts off all refugees in Jenin, because for the first time, we are narrating our own story.”

Buy your copy now, 50% of the editor’s royalties will go directly to assist the relief effort in Jenin

For further information, contact our managing editor, Suzanne Russ: Russ (at) PalestineChronicle.com

Ramzy Baroud is available for interviews and welcomes book reviews, he can be reached at: Editor (at) PalestineChronicle.com

See also:
www.palestinechronicle.com
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