The death of Jawaher Abu Rahmar highlights the urgent need for action on the part of the International Community.

As you may or may not have read, 2 days ago a 36 year old Palestinian woman, Jawaher Abu Rahmah, was killed.

Rahmah was participating in a peaceful protest in Bilin. She was rushed, unconscious, to the hospital and diagnosed with being poisoned by the active ingredient of tear gas. She passed away the next morning.

In a tragic turn of events, it became apparent that Jawaher Abu Rahmah is the brother of Bassem Abu Rahmah, who was killed when shot in the chest with a high-velocity tear gas canister, while also peacefully protesting in Bilin.

Take note of how little of a threat to anyone the protesters are. How few of them there are. How little of a threat Bassem Abu Rahmah was. But then again, Israeli soldiers have had decades of practice firing on defenceless civilians and Human Rights Activists. Perhaps the IDF has become more of a heavily armed and ultra-violent colonial police force than an actual army, which would explain why they couldn’t defeat Hezbollah, in Lebanon… but I digress.

As we look back on the year, it’s sad to see how many civilians (both Palestinian and International) the IDF has killed. There is a huge amount of blood on their hands, which brings me to the next point… and this is one that I will continue to push during this blog: If, and it should, by now, be obvious that the U.S. and other International Governments have made it policy (regardless of which political party is in power) to continue to ignore the daily violence and degradation of Palestinians by Israel, and the repression of dissent and freedom of speech of both Palestinian and Israelis (like Jonathan Pollak) Activists in both the Occupied Territories and Israel Proper. The US, in particular, has chosen to continue selling to Israel (and sometime giving as aid) the very weapons which are used to kill innocent civilians (The tear gas used by the Israeli forces in Bil’in is manufactured by Combined Systems Inc.; a United States company based in Jamestown, Pennsylvania.).

It is common that in cases of incompetence, it doesn’t help much to sit around and watch the incompetent trip over their own feet…willfully. It is necessary to do the job yourself. As you may know, in 2005, 171 Palestinian NGO’s called on the International Community to do just that, by engaging in a campaign of economic boycott of Israel. The task of pressuring Israel to comply with the principles of International Law, is our responsibility. And we don’t even have to risk our lives to do it. Just consume ethically.

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