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  • New army version on Bil'in death contradicts previous claims

    Yesterday evening, just in time to make the eight o'clock news, the IDF has presented another "official" version for the death of Bi'lin's Jawahar Abu-Rahmah during a protest against the security barrier near her village on December 31st. This is from Haaretz: Abu Rahmah, 36, was taken to the hospital after she inhaled tear gas fired by IDF forces during a demonstration in Bil'in against the West Bank security barrier at the end of December. According to the IDF investigation, Rahmah's condition deteriorated at the hospital after she received an incorrect diagnosis and inappropriate treatment. The IDF findings, which were…

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  • IDF Spokesman denies Jawaher Abu Rahmah died of medical negligence

    The IDF keeps offering new versions regarding the death of Jawaher Abu Rahmah – and is contradicted by its own spokesperson Several major Israeli media outlets published yesterday a new IDF “investigation," which claimed that Jawaher Abu Rahmah – who died after inhaling CS (tear) gas in Bil’in – did not die as a result of the gas itself , but rather as a result of the treatment she received at the hospital. This is the IDF’s fourth version of the events. In previous versions she was not present at the demonstration, then she was present; she died of cancer;…

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  • Did Sarah Palin borrow the term 'blood libel' from Israeli discourse?

    Sarah Palin, an American conservative celebrity, has used the term 'blood libel' to tar critics of her incendiary rhetoric, following a deadly shooting in the US. Did she borrow the phrase from Israeli discourse? Here, it stands for the idea that any accusation against Israel must be a lie. To admit any wrong is to justify violence against Israeli civilians, and the denial of their right for self-determination. After all, does not Israel itself justify violence against civilians and the denial of Palestinians' right for self-determination, on the basis of wrongs committed by its neighbors? Israel, like many other countries…

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  • In the West Bank, everyone knows there's no accountability

    The death last week of Bil'in resident Jawaher Abu Rhamah, after she inhaled tear gas at a demonstration, has received a great deal of publicity, making her into a symbol of the violent means the Israeli army uses to maintain its control over the West Bank. Many commentators are parsing the incident as if it were an isolated one, but the truth is that violence and brutality are the norm. And while there is plenty of documentation to support that statement, most Israelis would prefer not to know. A few months ago, at a Friday demonstration in Nabi Saleh, a…

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  • Israeli activists push for ‘BDS’ in Boston

    Dozens of American, Israeli and Palestinian protesters gathered Friday in front of the Israeli consulate in Boston to mark the death of Jawaher Abu Rahmah. Jawaher was killed by American made tear gas fired by the IDF on New Years Eve during a weekly unarmed demonstration in the West Bank village of Bil’in. The Boston demonstrators marched through the snow and frigid cold weather demanding an end to US military aid to Israel. The demonstration is a natural extension of the one held in front of the US ambassador home in a northern Tel Aviv suburb last Saturday night. Israeli…

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  • "Gas won't tear us apart": a return to Bil’in

    Hundreds march in Bil’in to commemorate Jawaher Abu Rahmah, the 36-year-old woman who was killed last week in an unarmed demonstration against the separation wall. The former vice president of the European Parliament, Lusia Morgantini and a current Israeli Parliament member Mohammed Barakeh (Hadash) joined the demonstration which was lead by over thirty women's organizations from the West Bank and Israel. During the protest, demonstrators managed to tear down portions of the barrier. Hundreds of Palestinians, Israelis and internationals marched today in Bil’in to commemorate the killing of Jawaher Abu Rahmah and protest Israel’s separation wall and land annexation in…

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  • Another activist arrested; police try to search a house without a warrant

    Another Israeli activist has been arrested and jailed in connection to the protest in front of the US ambassador’s house last Saturday night. The activist was summoned for ‘questioning’ yesterday afternoon and arrested upon arrival. He has been charged with the same crimes as the other activists who were released yesterday on no bail. Unlike the other activists, he has been given a sentence of five days' house arrest. The state has appealed the decision and asked for a harsher punishment.  The judge honored their request and has decided to keep him in jail another night until his appeal is…

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  • IDF on Bil'in: spins, half-truths and lies

    Jawahar Abu-Rahmah of Bil'in was rushed to Ramallah hospital last Friday during an unarmed protest against the fence in her village. She passed away Saturday morning.  Her death gained relatively  wide publicity, and the IDF scramble to  pushing its own version of the story, first claiming that Abu-Rahamh took part in a violent riot, and later saying she wasn't even there, and the whole thing was a Palestinian hoax. As it happens, I was in Bil'in on Friday, so I got the opportunity to compare the IDF's version with what I saw with my own eyes, and with what I…

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  • Evidence discredits army's version of Bil'in woman's death

    The following is a detailed response to the army's claims regarding the death on 1 January 2011 of Jawaher Abu Rahmah, who was taken to the hospital on 31 December after inhaling tear gas at the weekly demonstration against the separation barrier in Bil'in, a small Palestinian village near Ramallah. The response was written by Jonathan Pollak, media coordinator of the Popular Struggle Coordination Committee. * Contact details for all the eyewitnesses listed below are available upon request for journalists. The evidence surrounding the events leading to the death of Bil’in resident Jawaher Abu Rahmah disproves completely the army spokesperson’s…

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  • Not guilty: All US Ambassador protest charges dropped

    The twelve Israeli activists arrested in connection to the protest at US ambassador’s home on Saturday night have been released from jail on no bail. The charges included illegal weapons possession and distributing public order were not dropped, but the judge argued that there was no evidence for the charges to hold up in a trial. The state requested that the activists pay 3,000 NIS as well as serve a ten day house arrest sentence. However, the judge released the activists on a condition that they stay 200 meters away from any US institution for the next 30 days. The…

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  • The army spin machine at work in the Abu Rahmah killing

    By Jerry Haber A female protester dies at a Bil'in protest from tear gas inhalation. The army is not only faced with a public relations nightmare, but also with the real possibility that there will be pressure to change its mode of operations, and to use a less effective (from its standpoint) tear gas. There may even be pressure to conduct a military investigation, which the army certainly doesn't want. So the only thing that it can do is to attack the credibility of the woman's family and witnesses. So this is how they do it: With the willing help…

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  • BREAKING: Another activist arrested following protest at US ambassador's residence

    Sunday, 3 January: Tel Aviv Within the last hour, one more Israeli activist has been arrested over last Saturday’s protest at the Tel Aviv area home of the US Ambassador to Israel. The activist, identified only as A.H., was called to a Tel Aviv police station for interrogation relating to the protest and immediately arrested on the charge of conspiracy to cause criminal damage. He will be arraigned at the Tel Aviv magistrates' court tomorrow morning, along with eleven other activists who were arrested during the action late Saturday night. Roughly 25 Israeli activists ‘returned’ empty tear gas canisters to…

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  • "We meet again, Super-Gran!" Notes from a protest

    Visually, the protest yesterday  veered from the Italian cinema Through the violent The contextual And the chique: But the overwhelming sensation - despite the tension and the occasional violent flare-up - was that of an almost good-natured surrealism. After trying to clear the road - using, I should note, only hands* - no clubs, hoses or horses, though few people were hurt and  a few horses were brought it for the show- the policemen give up, and actually block a segment of the street for us; partly out of fear of being blamed for any harm that might come the…

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