On May 6, 480 Palestinian Authority police entered the city of Jenin to crack down on criminal gangs and Islamic Jihad cells, under the rubric of the Israeli-approved and fashionably euphemistic “Operation Smile and Hope.” Clashes with presumed Islamic militants broke out in the outlying town of Qabatiyah. (LAT, May 7) The following day, Israeli forces occupied the city and refugee camp of Jenin. Major General Diab Al-Ali (AKA Abul Fatah), commander of the PA’s National Security service in the northern governates of the West Bank, said the Israeli incursion is meant to obstruct the Palestinian security services’ plan to impose law and order, and is a provocation against the Palestinian government and people. (Ma’an News Agency, May 7)
See our last post on the West Bank.