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Interview with militant?

Jon: We'll do his story and then tomorrow, your story?

Voice 1: You want the story of the Jenin camp?

J: Of the camp. Absolutely. Arabic and speak.. Tell us as much as you want. Tell us about your friends..

V1 [quietly to Interviewee]: You have to bring up how the situation was in the dead of the siege.. how things..

Interviewee [also quietly]: Well, I want to tell him how the siege was.

V1 [even more quietly to Interviewee]: Look.. Listen to me: Gather your strength and tell them that "I am <jannaan>, and I used to jump on [the backs] of tanks". Do you understand?

I [in protest]: But it wasn't us...

V1 [Interrupting and now louder and more dramatic]: Tell him everything! Tell him everything! [In english] Tell him everything!

J [quietly, probably nodding in agreement]: everything..

I: Of course.. [In english] I'll try.


On the first day, news came to us that the Israelis would invade Jenin and its refugee camp and lay a complete siege. We gathered up our forces, and tried to make all the preparations that we could. Of course I mean some improvised explosives and light weapons: M16s and Klashnikovs. You know, light arms. Anyway... When did they come in? 3 April, right? So, on 3 April 2001 [TL: wrong; it's 2002], [hashado] their [hushood] around Jenin. They came in on 3 April at around 3 or 3:30 in the morning. Of course, around 40 or 50 tanks came into the refugee camp and laid siege to it.


They closed off all of the roads, and didn't leave any path open [into or out of the camp]. Naturally, there were 6 helicopters in the air. Approximately... maybe... more than 10 000 to 15 000 soldiers...

V1: 23 [000]

I: You know, between 15 000 and 20 000 soldiers, they were. They decided to come in, so they entered at 3 or 3:30 in the morning. The first day, they didn't come into the refugee camp - all of their activity was in the city.

They started bombarding from from the air and from tanks before they entered the southern part of the camp.


Of couse, we have no military way of challenging the planes, helicopters or tanks, so we never fired our guns at the tanks. Instead, we had locally made bombs, which we call "Kwa'". So, some of the younger men without guns would carry them and throw them at the tanks, which really helped us in the epic battle of the refugee camp. Some of the snipers took over the higher houses, and we were based in the camp.

We were split into several groups, with each group stayed in and protected a part of the camp. If [the Israelis] tried to come into their area, they would resist.


[TL: In the below paragraph, it is literally translated as "they were there on the invitation of the Shabab". This is an attempt to say that they were on the terms of the resistance fighters, and that the shabab welcomed them like a hunter welcomes his prey]

On the first day, they [the Israelis] tried and failed to enter the camp, since they were there on the invitation of the Shabab [resistance fighters], and they were committed to fighting and defending the camp in any way possible.