Palestinians demonstrated throughout the West Bank to mark the anniversary of their declaration of independence. Hundreds of demonstrators, including foreign activists, blocked West Bank junctions and threw rocks at cars with Israeli license plates. Two Israelis were injured near the West Bank settlement of Efrat after their car was hit with stones.
Israeli troops were captured on film throwing a tear gas grenade at Palestinians in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh.
In hindsight everyone will be able to point at this moment or that event and say: “There, then, that is when it went off the tracks.” This will be debated by others who will counter: “No, by then it was too far gone.” Still others would say: “That was a minor bump, there was still a chance to right the cart, to get it back on the road, to resume the project.” The incident is not necessarily a large event, the place not always monumental or even memorable. It is only in hindsight when it comes time to mourn or to write history that it is clarified.
The death last weekend of Jawaher Abu Rahmah is a puzzling tragedy. The IDF, however, has turned it into an example of how the occupation brings out this country’s ugly side.
There is no evidence that a Palestinian woman reportedly killed at a West Bank security fence protest died from tear gas poisoning, Israel's military said.