Female activists dedicate Friday Bil’in march to Abu Rahma

Israeli women’s organizations sign petition calling on the government to stop using tear gas to disperse demonstrations.

January 7, 2011 03:03
1 minute read.
Memorial photo of Jawaher Abu Rahma

Jawaher Abu Rahma Bil'in 311. (photo credit: TOVAH LAZAROFF)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

Female activists from 30 Israeli women’s organizations plan to join the weekly anti-barrier march in Bil’in Friday in memory of protester Jawaher Abu Rahma, 35, who died the day after last week’s march, allegedly as a result of inhaling tear gas.

IDF sources this week have speculated that Abu Rahma died of cancer and might not have even participated in the protest.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.

Activist provides evidence Bil’in protester died from gas
IDF: 'Dead Bil’in woman may not have been at protest'
Bil’in victim dreamed of meeting brother ‘in paradise'

Israeli activists, Palestinian medical experts and residents of Bil’in have said that Abu Rahma was at last week’s demonstration and died of an adverse reaction to the tear gas.

On Wednesday, Israeli women’s organizations signed a petition that called on the government to stop using such weapons to disperse demonstrations. They also accused the army of disseminating false information about her death.

IDF attacks against Palestinians protesting the barrier in the West Bank have led to the deaths of 21 demonstrators and the injury of thousands, the petition said.

“We express solidarity with our sisters across Palestine and Israel, and support their inalienable right to non-violent protest,” the petition said.

Dalit Baum, of the Coalition of Women for Peace, which initiated the petition, said, “Abu-Rahma’s murder is a form of violence against women, and it is plastered in the exact same way as other forms of violence against women are. As in all such cases, we women’s organizations will not be silent until those responsible will be held accountable.”

Among the groups who signed the petition and who plan to attend the march are: International Women’s Commission (IWC), Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), Isha L’Isha, Aswat, Kayan, Anwar – Arab-Jewish Women’s Leadership, Alliance of Progressive Women, Our Safe Home, Daughters of the Desert, Women for Themselves, Women in Black, Women and their Bodies, Arus el-Bahar, Sidreh, Women’s Equal Representation (WER), and Movement of Democratic Women in Israel.

Related Content

Muslim pilgrims circle the Kaaba and pray at the Grand mosque ahead of annual Haj pilgrimage in the
August 20, 2018
Muslims at hajj blame Arab disunity for Jerusalem embassy move