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Palestine FlagJenin, Palestine

Occupied West Bank

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Jenin is Palestine's most northerly city. As it lies on the main road between Jerusalem and Nazareth, it is widely believed that Jesus would have passed here on His journeys between the two. Today there is little reason to stop in Jenin. There is a tiny old quarter, pretty but unremarkable, and a green-domed mosque of Mamluke origin which provides a focal point to the town. The town's one accomocation option, the Garden Hotel, is situated just west of the old mosque, in the Al-Hasmeh fruit market.

The refugee camp at Jenin was founded in 1953 as a makeshift tent city to temporarily house thousands of Palestinian refugees. Over the intervening 50 years, permanent housing had been built to accomodate those people who still waited patiently to have their family homes restored to them, or to receive compensation for their loss. UN Resolution 194 provided for the return of their homes. Many of them still hope that the Israelis will eventually honor this resolution.

After the Israeli destruction in April 2002, many humanitarian organizations have sent relief convoys to the people of Jenin and other damaged towns and refugee camps in the West Bank. We have participated in some of this relief work.

Relief convoy to Jenin, 13 April 2002.

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convoy departing

convoy heading out
at dawn

wildflowers

destruction
amid wildflowers

unloading

unloading

unloading

unloading

destruction

destruction

harassment by IDF

harassment

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"Joint Emergency Relief of the Christian Organizations"

Convoy to Jenin, 25 April 2002.

waiting

waiting for stragglers
in the desert

checkpoint

waiting at a
checkpoint

checkpoint

waiting at an
Israeli checkpoint

arriving

truck arriving
at drop-off point

donor orgs

donor
organizations

participant orgs

participant
organizations

participant orgs

participant
organizations

unloading

unloading
the trucks

unloading

unloading

An estimated $76,231,128 (US$) damage was done to Jenin Refugee Camp and Jenin City.

According to Major David Holley, a British military adviser to Amnesty International, the demolition of part of the Jenin Refugee Camp was not militarily justified (Ha'aretz, English edition, April 29, 2002, page 2). Evidence available to Holley indicated that after the fighting was over, the IDF had bulldozed the centre of the camp in revenge for the heavy casualties they had suffered at the hands of the Palestinian fighters.

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Jenin Refugee Camp, 25 April 2002.

jenin refugee camp

Jenin Refugee Camp

damaged home

damaged home

searching the rubble

searching
the rubble

woman

woman
on the stairs

damage

family in
living room

woman

woman sitting
in front of her
damaged home

mother and child

mother and child

hopelessness

fatigue and
hopelessness

defiance

Defiance
Palestinian flag tent

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Patti

This page was updated on 26 November 2007.

Contact me at: patti.primeau@sympatico.ca

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