Monday, January 3, 2011
The mysterious death of Jawaher Abu Rahma
From the very beginning, the death of Bi'lin's Jawaher Abu Rahma by "Israeli tear gas" seemed unlikely, and the story was filled with internal contradictions. Her own cousin claimed on his facebook page that she was not at the protest . Hamde Abu wrote "Jawaher was not present at the demonstration. She was in her home, approximately 500 meters away from where the gas canisters landed, when she suffered the effects of gas that was carried over the village by wind". Others claimed she participated in the "peaceful" demonstration, no doubt engaging in the peaceful throwing of rocks and Molotov cocktails.
Yet there is no photographic or video evidence of the 35 year old's participation at the weekly Friday Bi'lin protest.
There was a great deal of secrecy- the family refused to cooperate with an investigation of the death. The circumstances were so mysterious, there was speculation that she had been subject to an honor killing by her family. So how did Jawaher Abu Rahma really die?
She was in a Ramallah hospital for 10 days prior to her death and apparently died of cancer completely unconnected to the protest.
Once again, the lie makes it half way around the world before the truth even puts on its pants. Don't wait for retractions from the mainstream media.