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Terrorists, Bombs, Gunfights & Drones: The Fiery Facts the Media Ignored About Jenin Arrest Raid

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A Palestinian demonstrator throws tires at a burning barricade during clashes with Israeli forces following a raid, in Jenin. April 9, 2022. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman

The Israeli military entered the terrorist stronghold city of Jenin on Wednesday night, to carry out an arrest raid aimed at apprehending Islamic Jihad militants who had been planning an imminent terror attack.

In a statement, the IDF revealed that it entered the West Bank city’s refugee camp and used explosives to flush out militants who were inside an apartment hideout being used by one of the group’s terror cells.

Israeli soldiers then came under heavy gunfire, with the local wing of Islamic Jihad confirming its members fired weapons and detonated bombs in the area.

Palestinians also reportedly shot down an IDF drone.

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According to local reports, between nine and 13 Palestinians were killed during the clashes, including at least five terrorists.

However, the version of events as reported by wire service Agence France Press (AFP) — one of the world’s biggest news agencies — bore absolutely no resemblance to the established facts.

Printed in the Guardian, the piece headlined, “Palestinians say nine killed in Israeli raid on Jenin refugee camp,” opens thus:

An Israeli raid on the Jenin refugee camp in the occupied West Bank killed nine Palestinians including an elderly woman, Palestinian officials have said. They also accused the forces of using teargas inside a hospital’s children’s ward.

The health ministry said that in addition to the nine dead, multiple people were wounded.

In a separate statement, the Palestinian health minister, Mai al-Kaila, said: ‘Occupation forces stormed Jenin government hospital and intentionally fired teargas canisters at the paediatric department.’

She described the situation in the refugee camp as ‘critical’ and said Israeli forces were preventing ambulances from reaching the wounded.”

First, there is absolutely no evidence to suggest Israeli soldiers targeted a children’s ward in a hospital with tear gas, nor that the IDF prevented ambulances from reaching individuals that had been wounded during the gunfight.

Second, at no point in the entire article is the reason for the IDF’s presence in Jenin mentioned. Indeed, Islamic Jihad’s name does not appear once, nor does the fact there was an imminent terror attack threat that prompted the raid in the first place.

Third, and most egregiously, the circumstances in which the deaths occurred are not given at all in the article. That is, the IDF was responding to heavy gunfire by militants who also set off explosives, which may have been responsible for some of the deaths.

Instead, AFP felt entitled to quote Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ spokesman ludicrously claiming the arrest raid was part of a pattern of Israel committing “massacres” in “full view of the world.”

The raid in Jenin was for the sole purpose of preventing a terror atrocity — why does AFP have such a hard time reporting this and other relevant facts?

The author is a contributor to HonestReporting, a Jerusalem-based media watchdog with a focus on antisemitism and anti-Israel bias — where a version of this article first appeared.

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