Palestinian Woman, Jawaher Abu Rahmah,
Killed by Israeli Poison Gas in Bil'in
Protestor Killed After Being Asphyxiated by Tear Gas in Bil’in
Sunday January 02, 2011 00:28 by Ane Irazabal - IMEMC News
Jawaher Abu Rahma, aged 36, died on Saturday, after suffering the
effects of tear gas inhalation fired by the Israeli occupation forces
during the Friday weekly protest in Bil’in. Medical sources reported
that the cause of the death was suffocation from tear gas chemicals
mixed with phosphorus.
Hundreds of Palestinians, internationals
and Israeli peace activists attended Abu Rahma's funeral in a procession
through the village of Bil'in on Saturday, in which residents released a
statement condemning the death.
“The loss of Jawaher Abu Rahma
makes us feel more determined to continue to resist against the illegal
settlements and the apartheid wall, until the residents of Bil'in
achieve justice and freedom and can live in peace,” the statement
Bil'in popular committee spokesman Jonathan Pollak
said in a statement that Abu Rahmah arrived at the Ramallah hospital
unconscious, after being poisoned by an active ingredient in the tear
gas, and doctors were unable to revive her.
“She did not die
because of a lack of medical treatment, but because Israeli forces used
a lethal tear gas banned in several European countries,” Pollak added.
Although several sources reported that Jawaher was taking part to
the nonviolent protest on Friday, local witnesses claimed that she was
not attending the demonstration, as she was in her home, approximately
500 meters away from where the gas canisters landed.
Rahma was the sister of Bassem Abu Rahma, who was also killed after
being hit by a tear gas canister in 2009 during a nonviolent weekly
demonstration against the Annexation Wall in Bil'in.
Saturday, the Israeli army stated that they would investigate the death
of Abu Rahma, without giving any other explanations, Ma'an News
army cover-up of tear gas death
Published today (updated) 02/01/2011 14:23
JERUSALEM (AFP) --
The lawyer of the family of a Palestinian woman who died after being
tear-gassed by Israeli occupation soldiers at a West Bank protest
accused the military on Sunday of a cover-up.
"Once again the
(Israeli occupation) army is covering up the actions of its men, instead
of apologizing and conducting a serious inquiry," Michael Sfard told
Israel's army radio after the military announced an investigation into
the death of Jawaher Abu Rahmah.
The 36-year-old died in hospital
in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah after collapsing on Friday
during a protest against the Israeli separation barrier in the nearby
village of Bil'in, hospital staff said.
Sfard accused the army of
"using a massive amount of gas" during the protest.
military said that an "investigation has been opened to determine the
exact cause of death," and that it had "unsuccessfully contacted the
Palestinian Authority to obtain a medical report."
On Friday, the
military said it had used unspecified "means of dispersing
demonstrations" against some 250 violent protesters taking part in a
weekly rally against the fence near the West Bank village of Bil'in.
Photos showed clouds of tear gas billowing around stone-throwing
Abu Rahmah's death has been condemned as a "war
crime" by the Palestinians.
"We condemn this abominable crime by
the Israeli occupation army in Bil'in against people taking part in a
peaceful demonstration and consider it an Israeli war crime against our
people," Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erakat told AFP on Saturday.
Nearly 200 demonstrators gathered in Tel Aviv on Saturday to protest
against Abu Rahmah's death. A dozen people were arrested, an AFP
Overnight on Saturday, another 11 people
were arrested after demonstrating outside the US ambassador's residence
in the city of Herzliya, just north of Tel Aviv.
"There was a
local disturbance about 12:30am outside the ambassador's residence,"
police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP. "Apparently the group had
thrown two empty gas grenades at the residence."
11 people were arrested, including a female German citizen, but said he
had no information on whether the incident was a protest.
military radio said the incident was a demonstration linked to Abu
Israel says the projected 723 kilometers of steel
and concrete walls, fences and barbed wire is needed for security. The
Palestinians view it as a land grab that undermines their promised
The International Court of Justice issued a non-binding
ruling in 2004 calling for parts of the barrier inside the West Bank to
be torn down and for further construction in the territory to cease.
Israel has ignored the ruling.
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