Jenin: Despite economic prosperity, PA failed to disarm militiamen - analysis

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Jenin: Despite economic prosperity, PA failed to disarm militiamen - analysis
Jenin has a long history as the home of various armed groups, most of which have been affiliated with the ruling Fatah faction.
By KHALED ABU TOAMEH
Published: APRIL 10, 2022

Many Palestinians have long been proudly referring to Jenin as “the factory of men and the lion’s den” because of its role in the “armed resistance” against Israel, especially since the beginning of the First Intifada in 1987. Then, the city and its surrounding villages and towns saw the emergence of various armed groups, most of which were affiliated with the ruling Fatah faction. The most notorious group was the Black Panther, whose members were mostly based in the town of Kabatiya and the villages of Arrabe, Kafr Rai and Silat al-Harithiya, as well as the Jenin refugee camp.

The Black Panther gunmen were responsible for a series of attacks against soldiers and settlers. Additionally, they took it upon themselves to murder Palestinians suspected of collaboration with Israel. Hundreds of “collaborators” and their family members fled to Israel, while others were placed by the IDF in a small village called Fahma at the southern entrance to Jenin. It took the Israeli security forces four years to wipe out the Black Panthers. Many of the group’s members were killed or arrested, including its founder, Awad Kmeil, a prominent Fatah activist from Kabatiya.

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