The Death of Jawaher Abu Rahma: A Battleground

Jawaher Abu Rahma is a 36-year-old Palestinian woman who dies overnight after being tear-gassed by Israeli troops at a West Bank protest.

Her death has become a battleground of competing narratives between the victim’s family and Israeli military sources.

The Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, describes the death of Jawaher Abu Rahma as an “Israeli crime carried out by the occupation army against our helpless nation”.

In contrast, unnamed Israeli military sources tells Yedioth Ahronoth, a mass circulation newspaper: “This is the new Muhammad al-Dura story and an attempt to delegitimise Israel.”

Al-Dura is the 12-year-old boy shot dead in Gaza in 2000 while cowering behind his father, who tried to shield him during a gun battle between Israeli soldiers and Palestinian militants. Images of the terrified boy become a symbol of the Second Intifada.


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