Jerusalem, April 11, 2002

Lies in the Palestinian Media
(Communicated by the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories)

Biased reports have been appearing in the official Palestinian media, among them unfounded allegations – that are later proven false – about what is transpiring in the territories during the fighting. The Palestinian media continues to make charges concerning IDF interference with the evacuation of the wounded, sick and dead, systematic destruction of houses, and "massacres" in the Jenin refuge camp and in the Casbah of Nablus.

These accusations are completely groundless.

Below are a number of the lie

s disseminated recently by the Palestinian News Agency WAFA: Their story (April 5): The IDF shelled the Al-Oudah towers in the Um Nasser neighborhood, and residential areas near the Salah a-Din Road in the northern Gaza Strip.

The facts: Mortars were fired towards Israel by the Palestinians themselves, and they fell in that area unintentionally.

Their story (April 6): IDF bulldozers destroyed a number of houses in the vicinity of Netzarim Junction and east of Salah a-Din Road.

The facts: This incident never occurred.

Their story (April 6): Ali Mustafa Abu-Razak (33) was killed by IDF forces in the vicinity of the Sufa Crossing.

The facts: Abu-Razak was a terrorist who blew himself up while attempting to place an explosive charge.

Below are false reports that appeared in "Al-Kuds":

Their story (April 4): IDF forces prevented an ambulance from the Greek Orthodox Convent in Beit Sahur from transporting a patient to the hospital in Beit Jallah.

The facts: This incident never occurred.

Their story (April 5): The IDF confiscated a Red Crescent ambulance in El Bireh, after attacking the driver and the paramedic who were inside.

The facts: The IDF did not confiscate any Red Crescent ambulance and certainly did not attack any medical team members.

Their story (April 5): Detainees at the Ofer Camp (Ramallah) undergo torture, including having their fingers broken.

The facts: This is a complete fabrication.

The IDF continues its policy of extending humanitarian aid and supplying food and other necessities to the Palestinian population in the Gaza Strip, Judea and Samaria (West Bank). Food, water and medicines are also being provided to the cities in which the fighting is taking place.

The IDF also allows international organizations to provide humanitarian aid to the Palestinian population, on condition that it is coordinated in advance and the situation permits. Furthermore, the IDF allows for the repair of infrastructures such as electricity and water, in coordination with the local authorities.

Kidney patients living in Judea and Samara who need dialysis are permitted to travel to hospitals in Ramallah, Beit Jalla, Jenin, and Nablus. At the request of the Red Cross, a number of patients in serious condition were taken to hospitals in Jerusalem. In certain cases, hospital visits are arranged for Palestinian patients on the basis of requests from international bodies.