Oregano & Olive Oil: Moshe Nissim & The Jenin Massacre

 

Oregano & Olive Oil: Moshe Nissim & The Jenin Massacre

The reason that I’m writing this is a quote by Moshe Nissim, which I read recently, “I found joy with every house that came down, because I knew they didn’t mind dying, but they cared for their homes. If you knocked down a house, you buried 40 or 50 people for generations. If I am sorry for anything, it is for not tearing the whole camp down” Moshe Nissim– Jenin 2002 Such quotes bring to light the brutality of the Israeli forces. In the aftermath to the Jenin Massacre (April 1–11, 2002), Human Right Watch and Amnesty International, reported that an estimated 4000 {about a quarter of the camps population} people were rendered homeless,. The BBC reported that 10 percent of the camp was “virtually rubbed out by a dozen armored Israeli bulldozers.”. On April 31st Yediot Aharonot published an interview with Moshe Nissim, who was operating a D9 bulldozer during the massacre, Nissim said that he had driven the D9 bulldozer for seventy-five hours straight, drinking whiskey to avoid fatigue. He stated that he had begged his commanding officer to allow him to destroy more houses, “I didn’t see, with my own eyes, people dying under the blade of the D-9. and I didn’t see house[s]falling down on live people. But if there were any, I wouldn’t care at all.” he also added ” I did not feel pity for the Palestinians who stayed without the houses” To this day the total number of Palestinian that had died in Jenin refugee camp is still uncertain, as Israeli forces blocked entry into the camp after the attack for four day for the purpose of removing the bodies of dead Palestinians and burying them. In November Amnesty International reported that there was “clear evidence” that Israel had committed war-crimes in Jenin and Nablus, crimes ranging from unlawful torture and murder of Palestinian civilians.