IPCRI Calls for INTERNATIONAL INVESTIGATION OF WHAT HAPPENED IN THE JENIN REFUGEE CAMP

The Investigation should include Israelis and Palestinians and IPCRI Volunteers to Participate

April 16, 2002

The Israeli incursion into the Jenin refugee camp and the total news blackout on what transpired inside the camp together with the refusal of the Israeli army to allow medical workers and International Organizations to enter the camp has led to widespread suspicions of  massacres and atrocities.  Stories of events are beginning to get out with the IDF spokespeople and official Israeli sources denying them.  The internet is being swamped with photographs of dead bodies and rampant destruction under the heading a picture speaks a thousand words”. Sometimes pictures don’t tell the whole story.  It is essential to know the truth and all sides, at this point, should be interested in having their truth documented and certified by independent trustworthy sources.

For that reason, IPCRI calls for the launching of an independent international investigation of the events in Jenin.  This commissions of inquiry must be under the auspices of an international organization, such as the International Red Cross and should involve some independent Israelis and Palestinians. IPCRI as a joint Israeli-Palestinian independent think-tank would like to participate in the commission of inquiry.

We call upon the international community to support this effort.  We hope that the United Nations Security Council will give this effort its mandate. 

Gershon Baskin, Ph.D. and Zakaria al Qaq, Ph.D.

Directors of IPCRI