PressTV – Palestinian dies of Israeli tear gas

Sat Jan 1, 2011 10:59AM
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A Palestinian protester runs away during heavy rain from tear gas shot by Israeli security forces during a protest against the controversial Israeli barrier in the West Bank village of Bilin near Ramallah.
A Palestinian woman has died after inhaling tear gas fired by Israeli troops at demonstrators protesting the controversial Israeli separation wall in the occupied West Bank.

Palestinian medics say the 36-year-old Jawaher Abu Rachman lost her life at the Ramallah medical center after suffering intense tear gas inhalation during the non-violent rally in the village of Bilin, reported the Palestinian news agency Ma’an.

Medics added that Rachman, whose two brothers had also been killed during anti-barrier protests in the past, did not respond to treatment and died overnight.

At least 10 other people, among them international activists, were injured on Friday when Israeli troops fired tear gas to disperse anti-wall protesters in a village near Ramallah.

Following the death of Rachman, Palestinian lawmaker Mustafa Barghouti called for an international campaign to pressure Tel Aviv to stop using tear gas against civilians.

Barghouti asked the doctors to document “the crimes committed by Israel” and pursue international legal action.

Protesters say Israel has forcibly and illegally captured land owned by Palestinians to construct the apartheid barrier.

Tel Aviv has taken nearly 60 percent of Bilin village to build the separation wall and illegal Jewish settlements.

Similar demonstrations were held in the nearby villages of Nilin and al-Massara. The Israeli military has called the villages ‘closed military zones.’

The Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign’s most recent map of the wall’s path, finalized in November 2003, reveals that if completed in its entirety, nearly 50 percent of the West Bank population will be affected by the wall through loss of land, imprisonment into ghettos, or isolation into de facto Israeli-annexed areas.

Tel Aviv began constructing the wall in 2000. The International Court of Justice says the wall is illegal and should be taken down.

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