Jawaher Abu Rahmah, 36, was evacuated to the Ramallah hospital yesterday after inhaling massive amounts of tear-gas during the weekly protest in Bil’in, and died of poisoning this morning. Abu Rahmah was the sister of Bassem Abu Rahmah who who was shot dead with a high velocity tear-gas projectile during a peaceful protest in Bil’in on April 17th, 2010.
Doctors at the Ramallah hospital fought for Jawaher Abu Rahmah’s life all night at the, but were unable to save her life. Abu Rahmah suffered from severe asphyxiation caused by tear-gas inhalation yesterday in Bil’in, and was evacuated to the Ramallah hospital unconscious. She was diagnosed as suffering from poisoning caused by the active ingredient in the tear-gas, and did not respond to treatment.
Adv. Michael Sfard, who represents the village in an appeal against the Wall added: “The son was killed by a directly aimed projectile, the daughter choked in gas. Two brave protestors against a regime that kills the innocent and doesn’t investigate its criminals. We will not quiet, we will not give up, we will not spare any effort until those responsible will be punished. And they will.”
The negligent use of tear gas in these unarmed demonstrations has resulted in countless injuries in the past five years. In addition to tear gas, Israeli forces often use live ammunition and rubber coated steel bullets to crush peaceful non-violent demonstrations throughout the West Bank. The village of Bil’in has become an internationally recognized symbol of Palestinian non-violence. The death of Jaraher Abu Rahmah is latest assault of Israel’s war on non-violence and resistance.