Posted by: noticeable | November 28, 2006

Israeli forces kill woman as she attempts to save man bleeding at her doorstep

A hope of this blog, as it addresses the stories of Palestine, is to portray the humanity of the Palestinian people. All too often in the U.S., the Palestinian community is shown as the perpetual terrorist or mindless fanatic. In reality, they are neither. They are a nation desiring what many of us take for granted: self-determination. But behind the dreams of the nation lie the narratives of individuals. Below is such as example.

The following piece was published today on the Palestine News Network.

Israeli forces kill woman as she attempts to save man bleeding at her doorstep

By: Ali Samoudi (Jenin)

Tuesday, 28 November 2006

A woman in Jenin gave her life to save a young man. Israeli forces shot Mahmoud Abdel Razek Bakar Nasser in front of Fatima Mahmoud Ahmed Shriem’s northern West Bank home. The women of Qabatiya Village, just to the south of Jenin, sang for Fatima as they walked in her funeral procession. She was a mother, a friend, and a wife.

Fatima died trying to pull the young man, Mahmoud, to safety. Medical sources in Dr. Khalid Suleiman Memorial Hospital in Jenin said that she died from blood loss, not from the gunshots. Israeli forces kept the area under siege for hours. No one could leave their homes and ambulances could not reach the victims.

Her husband, Mahmoud Hafez, stood still after the mourners carrying his wife’s body had taken their rest. He tried to control his tears, but they fell heavily. “Where is the ‘calm,’ the ‘cease-fire,’ when they continue to kill in cold blood, leaving bodies to slowly bleed to death.”

The incident occurred during an Israeli invasion of the Jenin area village. A number of Israeli soldiers had broken into homes, using them as sniper towers. Members of the armed resistance from Qabatiya tried to fend off the invaders, but to no avail.

A leader of the Nasser Salah Addin Brigades said that this is one of the ambush tactics the Israelis have been re-employing as of late. “They hide inside a house and then open fire when no one knows they were there in the first place.”

Fatima’s husband said that his wife heard the sounds of a young man injured at the gate of their home. “She started screaming and rushed to save him. It was clear she was not a member of the armed resistance, so that cannot be the reason the Israelis use to explain this murder.”

His words choked and he collapsed after saying, “The Israeli soldiers continued their shooting. They wouldn’t stop.”

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