Obama Adviser Samantha Power
on Israel, “Jenin Massacre” [Michael Rubin]
Noah Pollak has flagged several
statements by Barack Obama senior foreign policy advisor Samantha Power with
regard to her policy prescriptions for the Middle East. Here’s
another: Many readers back in 2002 will remember Palestinian
allegations of a “Jenin Massacre” which both the U.N. and many journalists
hyped. The ensuing investigation, however, showed that there had
been no massacre, and that Palestinian claims of casualties were exponentially
exaggerated. At a George Soros-funded conference since published in
the volume Ethnic Violence and Justice (2003), Power seemed upset that
The New York Times had chosen to correct the narrative about Jenin,
instead of holding Israel’s feet to the fire over allegations of its human
rights violation. Said Power:
I have a question for David [Rohde] about working for the New York
Times. I was struck by a headline that accompanied a news
story on the publication of the Human Rights Watch report. The
headline was, I believe: “Human Rights Reports Finds Massacre Did Not Occur in
Jenin.” The second paragraph said, “Oh, but lots of war crimes did.”
Why wouldn’t they make the war crimes the headline and the
non-massacre the second paragraph?”
It is questionable whether any war crimes occurred in Jenin, except of course
the war crimes associated with Palestinian assembly of suicide bombs which
Palestinian terrorists — not uniformed officials — used to target civilians on
buses and elderly in hotels. But, that does not seem to be what
Samantha Power means. Perhaps Samantha Power might explain what she did mean
and, now that the dust has settled, whether she still subscribes to the same
views about what led up to and transpired at Jenin. Indeed, her position with
Obama suggests that she should do no less.
UPDATE: I see Noah beat
me to it.
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