Jawaher Abu Rahma Bil'in 311.
(photo credit: TOVAH LAZAROFF)
Israeli activist Jonathan Pollak presented the media with three documents
Tuesday to counter IDF claims that a Palestinian protester had died from cancer
and not from the tear gas she inhaled at Friday’s anti-barrier demonstration in
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Pollak e-mailed to the media a copy of a report from the Red
Crescent ambulance and the Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah, as well as a
copy of CT scan from the Shafey Diagnostic Center in Ramallah.
He did so
after the IDF raised doubts about reports from Pollak, Palestinian medical
experts, activists and people in the village of Bil’in that Jawaher Abu Rahma,
35, had died from tear-gas inhalation.
According to Pollak and members of
Abu Rahma’s family, a Red Crescent ambulance took her from Bil’in to the
Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah. She died in that hospital on Saturday
morning and was buried later that day.
On Monday, IDF sources told The
and other media outlets that Abu Rahma died from cancer and had
not even been at the demonstration.
A Red Crescent ambulance report,
provided by Pollak to the Post in English, dated December 31, showed that the
ambulance arrived in Bil’in at 1:20 p.m., to be on hand in case there were
injuries at the demonstration.
It left Bil’in 2:15 with Abu Rahma and
arrived in Ramallah by 2:43. According to the report, Abu Rahma was having
difficulty breathing due to gas inhalation.
Separately, Pollak and
members of Abu Rahma’s family have told the media that they saw her at the
demonstration. Among them were her mother, Subhiye, who stood with her
when she was first overcome by tear gas.
On Monday, Pollak had shown the
Post a Twitter post from 2:36 p.m. Friday, which stated that Jawaher had been
taken to the hospital. A Palestinian website reported the incident on 4:48 p.m.
On Tuesday, Pollak also provided the medical report from the
Palestine Medical Center, which was dated January 2, 2011.
It stated that
Abu Rahma was drowsy when she arrived and had a changed “level of
consciousness.” According to the report, she had “frothy secretion” and
was sweating, after a “history of unknown gas inhalation by attack of Israeli
soldiers as family said. No other associated symptoms.”
that she had no chronic illness or history of previous
According to the report, she was admitted to the intensive
care unit, and put on a mechanical ventilator. The report added that she
had not responded to treatment and that her heart stopped three
The director of the Palestine Medical Complex, Muhammad Eidh told
that to the best of his knowledge, she had not been treated by his
hospital for cancer and that the family had told him that she was
According to Pollak, Jawaher had in recent weeks complained of
an inner ear infection, which affected her balance, for which she was recently
given a CT scan.
The radiologist who performed the CT scan,
Dr. Hamis Al Sahfi’i, confirmed that the brain scan was normal, Pollak
said. He also provided a copy of the scan, which was done at the Shafey
Diagnostic Center in Ramallah.
The IDF has not presented any
documentation to back up its claims. It is continuing to investigate the