'There are people who want to burn all bridges between Israelis and Palestinians. What you are doing is going against that,' says Mladenov ■ Event has been criticized by politicians and right-wing activists, who claim it supports terrorism
Jenin is a Palestinian city located in the northern West Bank and administered by the Palestinian Authority. Jenin is referenced in the Bible as the city built atop the ruins of Ein Ganam. Jenin is an agricultural center with a population of 256,000 residents. There is also a Palestinian refugee camp of the same name located near the city, which has been the scene of heavy fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants.
When the British captured Palestine from the Ottomans in 1923, Jenin along with all the major cities in Palestine were incorporated into the Palestine Mandate. As tensions began to rise between Jewish immigrants and the Arab population in Palestine, Jenin became a center of civil unrest during the 1936 Arab Revolt in Palestine, as it was also used as a base for Arab militias fighting against the British. In the 1948 Arab-Israel War, Jenin was defended by the Iraqi army, but Jewish forces managed to briefly capture the city. The end of the war brought new realities to Jenin and the city came under the administration of Jordan, which later annexed it in 1950. The war also resulted in an influx of Palestinian refugees, forcing the establishment of the Jenin refugee camp in 1953.
After 19 years under Jordanian administration, the IDF captured Jenin on the first day of the 1967 Six-Day War. In 1996, Jenin was handed over to the control of the newly established Palestinian National Authority, as outlined in the 1993 Oslo Accords between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization.
But Jenin became a flashpoint of fighting during the Second Intifada. The city had become a center for dispatching suicide bombers to northern and central Israel and, along with the refugee camp, had become a haven for Palestinian militants. The fighting there claimed the lives of many, including international aid workers.
The Jenin camp was also the location of fierce fighting during the Israeli army's Operation Defensive Shield in 2002, when troops entered the camp to hunt down those responsible for dispatching suicide bombers. The fighting in the camp cost the lives of 13 IDF reservists, along with several dozen Palestinians, whom Israel said were mostly militants. Palestinian claims, however, that the army had carried out a "massacre" in the camp were later debunked.
In recent years, however, Jenin has been the first Palestinian city to successfully implement the "Dayton plan," a program devised by U.S. General Keith Dayton, aimed at improving security and civil conditions in the city. The plan has seen a real change in the city, which, once regarded as the spearhead of the Second Intifada, is now a model for fomenting change from the grass roots up.
Fury and vilification have been the lot of actor and director Mohammad Bakri ever since he made his 2002 documentary ‘Jenin, Jenin,’ which criticized Israel’s army. Now he’s back in court to defend his work – and name
Palestinian teen killed in Jenin clashes; PA policeman injured there succumbs to wounds as Israeli security establishment says he posed no threat to soldiers ■ Palestinian teen killed in Hebron altercations
Zubeidi was arrested in the West Bank on suspicion of 'grave and current terrorist activity'
Skirting Israel's stringent admissions standards, Arabs now outnumber residents of the territories at the first private Palestinian university in Jenin
Soldiers used Waze ■ Two were extracted with the help of Palestinian forces ■ Soldier's gun stolen during the attack
Dozens of Palestinians clash with Israeli troops following a raid killing Ahmed Nasser Jarrer, who led the January attack near Havat Gilad
The Israeli army destroyed four homes in Jenin last week, leaving three families homeless, unable to even retrieve important documents and valuables
The stabbing of a student at a university in Jenin highlights the dangers for women who maneuver between the conservative society at home and the liberal atmosphere on campus
The woman is in critical condition and the motive remains unknown, but her relatives have been arrested by Palestinian police
Soldiers returned fire after coming under attack during pre-dawn operation in Jenin refugee camp
The army says soldiers came under a hail of firebombs, to which they responded with gunfire; no Israeli casualties
With the army threatening to invade the city, again, Jenin’s mayor agreed to remove a memorial to a local Palestinian fighter
After a soldier was wounded in Jenin, the IDF intensified its nighttime raids there. And when the Israelis don’t enter this West Bank refugee camp, the Palestinian security forces do.
Three armed Palestinians opened fire on forces during demolition of home of man involved in killing of Border Policewoman in Damascus Gate last February.
The residents of this refugee camp, once a site of horrific clashes with the army, are more occupied with Facebook these days than with the occupation. Still, no one knows how long the calm will last.
Incident prompts closure of key checkpoint as Kerry and Abbas meet in bid to restore calm.
IDF forces, accompanied by members of a police counterterrorism unit and Shin Bet security service, come under fire in West Bank town while attempting to conduct arrest.
10 years since the disengagement: A recreation area was set up near the spot of the evacuated settlements of Ganim and Kadim, but it's under IDF control.
Joint statement by Fatah, Hamas and Islamic Jihad also charges Palestinian Authority with complicity in killings.
I first met Hamzi in June 2003 when he was 11 and both his parents were in jail; two weeks ago when I saw him again, he didn't seem like a wanted fugitive. He was killed in Jenin Saturday.
Retroactive validation of assassinations could lead to the indiscriminate killing of Palestinians and a violent flare-up.
Palestinian suspected of involvement in attacks on Israelis, at least two others killed in shoot-out, Israeli army says.
Political disillusionment and plummeting economy make refugee camps like Jenin increasingly volatile and dangerous places - for both IDF and PA.
Clashes erupt during Israeli operation to arrest wanted suspect in the West Bank city; Palestinians report six wounded, three seriously.
Three residents of this refugee camp have lost their lives in confrontations with the IDF in recent weeks, but there's no room left for burial in the local cemetery.
Kareem Abu Sbaih, 19, succumbs to wounds suffered in Jenin arrest; IDF said soldiers shot back after being attacked with live fire, homemade bombs and rocks.
Two other Palestinians wounded after protests break out during IDF operation to arrest Palestinian suspect in Jenin; two IDF soldiers sustain light injuries.
The 'Jenin, Jenin law - named after a documentary that accused soldiers of a massacre in the West Bank town - would allow a person or group to be sued in civil suit for slandering the IDF.
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