Monday, January 3, 2011
(Jawaher Abu Rahmah, Killed by Israel's Tear Gas, 1-1-2011)
(Her Brother, Bassem Abu Rahmah, Killed by Israel's Tear Gas in April 2009)
"03/01/2011 Questions are surfacing about Israel's use of tear-gas grenades, as security officials investigate the recent killing of a protester at the weekly demonstration near the separation fence at the West Bank village of Bil'in.
A 36-year-old woman, Jawaher Abu Rahmah, died on Saturday morning. The medical report filed in the Ramallah hospital where Abu Rahmah was taken shows that her death was caused by respiratory failure resulting from the inhalation of tear gas.
Haaretz newspaper obtained the medical report on Sunday from Jawaher's brother, Ahmed Abu Rahmah.
Jawaher Abu Rahmah was the sister of Bassem Abu Rahmah, who was killed in April 2009 when Israeli soldiers fired a tear-gas grenade at his chest at a demonstration at the fence in Bil'in. Ahmed Abu Rahmah has three surviving brothers; their father died five years ago. "My entire family is ruined," he said on Sunday. "The whole house feels a sense of catastrophe."
The Israeli occupation forces use crowd-dispersal tear gas known as CS, which was developed half a century ago in Britain and the United States. It is used by armies and police forces around the world. In recent years, a number of studies have cast doubts about this type of gas; there have been reports of several deaths caused by the inhalation CS tear gas.
Daniel Argo, an Israeli doctor who regularly takes part in the demonstrations against the separation fence, says recent eye and lung injuries, as well as skin diseases, can be associated with the use of CS tear gas....."