|Mother of Abu Rahma with Photo|
On Friday, 01 January the weekly riots took place at Bilin, Samaria. The news reported that Jawaher Abu Rahma, 36, had inhaled tear gas fired by the IDF and died as a result. The story was further played up with the claim that she was the sister of an Arab who was killed in Bilin in 2009 after being struck by a tear gas canister. Once again the Palestinians and their anarchist, anti-Israel groupies have managed to pull off yet another hoax on the world at large. Nothing says publicity like a grieving mother holding her daughter's photo--Gee, they got the posters made really fast.
From the beginning the IDF stated they had reservations about this case and wanted the opportunity to investigate. Par for the course, the Palestinian medical authorities refused to allow accesss to any medical documents or provide any cooperation. None-the-less the IDF made an investigation and found that:
1) The IDF has used this method of riot control for five years without incident
2) Abu Rahma died at her home--After being released from hospital
3) Abu Rahma was chronically ill with leukemia
4) Abu Rahma was not event at the riot!
According to this report in Arutz 7, the IDF found that she did not die of tear gas inhalation but of cancer, and had been lying in a hospital bed for ten days prior to passing away.
Chief PA negotiator, Saeb Erakat had told AFP (and most likely anyone else with a camera): "We condemn this abominable crime by the Israeli occupation army in Bilin against people taking part in a peaceful demonstration and consider it an Israeli war crime against our people". Of course he does. What better way to incite even more hatred towards Israel. He does conveniently leave out the fact that photos show this was an especially violent riot--but he probably did not stay around for the real action...see no evil...
Any death is a tragedy, and we do not downplay the grief in the loss of a loved one. But we do condemn the world press for encouraging faulty, false reporting and incitement. To allow the tragic death of a young woman to be used in this manner is unforgivable. But, after all, Peace does not sell nearly as many papers as riots, terror attacks and death--especially if Israel can be blamed.
Now, I urge you to pay attention to world news. Compare volume of the outcry was when Israel was accused of murdering this woman--a war crime. Now listen for the outcry as the hoax is exposed--the silence is deafening...