Saturday, January 01, 2011

How Did Jawaher Die? The Versions

There's a story out that seeks to be a horror story

Here's the AFP version:

Palestinian woman gassed at demo dies: hospital

BILIN, Palestinian Territories — A Palestinian woman died overnight after being teargassed by Israeli troops at a West Bank protest, an incident the Palestinian Authority is calling "a war crime."

Jawaher Abu Rahma, 36, 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 Bilin, hospital staff said on Saturday.

The army said in a statement 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 from the hospital" about the death.

On Friday, the army 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 Bilin.

Here's Arab News:

Israeli troops kill woman protester

RAMALLAH, West Bank: After A long night of suffering, Jawaher Abu-Rahmeh, who was evacuated to hospital Friday after inhaling tear gas during an anti-separation wall protest in the West Bank city of Bil'in, died Saturday.

Palestinian hospital sources said 36-year-old Abu Rahmeh inhaled large amounts of gas used by Israeli forces to disperse the protesters.

The rally was attended by some 1,000 demonstrators. Among the protesters were Israeli, Palestinian and foreign activists including Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad. The protesters said Israeli soldiers used massive amounts of tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the demonstrators.

Hosni Al-Atari, director of Ramallah hospital where Abu Rahmeh was admitted suffering from gas poisoning, said she did not respond to treatment.

Jawaher Abu Rahmeh was the sister of Basim Abu Rahmeh who was killed in April 2009 when he was hit with a tear gas canister during a protest in the same village. Their brother Ahsref was once shot by an Israeli soldier in an anti-separation wall rally in the nearby village of Ni'lin.

Here's Arutz 7's version:

PA Blames Israel for Woman's Death; IDF Surprised

The Palestinian Authority is blaming Israel for the death of 36-year-old Jawahir Abu-Rahma of Bilin. PA officials say Rahma died on Saturday morning of injuries sustained Friday, when she inhaled tear gas during a clash between IDF soldiers and rioters along the separation barrier.

IDF officials were surprised by the PA allegations. While Rahma was injured in the protest, she suffered only light injuries, and was released from the hospital hours before her death, an official said.

A second IDF source said the army has received “several conflicting reports” regarding Rahma's death, and was looking into the issue. However, PA medical officials have refused to hand over medical documents relating to Rahma's treatment or death, making investigation difficult.

I have been alerted that there's another version:-

Very unconfirmed reports that Jawaher Abu Rahma of Bil'in was actually killed in an honor killing because she was pregnant (stabbed in the back)

No confirmation details yet. But there may be more to this story than the already contradictory Palestinian reports that can't decide where she died (at home or in the hospital).

(Kippah tip: JS)


Carl has a video clip.  Is this Jawaher?





YMedad said...

According to her cousin on Facebook, she wasn't even at the protest to begin with!

EG said...

Abu Rahma is the same family name as that of the Arab cameraman who filmed the Muhammad al-Durah hoax "killing" at the Netsarim junction in Gaza at the end of September 2000. He was Talal Abu Rahma.