Abbas calls protestor's death a "Israeli crime"

13:28, January 02, 2011      

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday said the death of a Palestinian woman during a peaceful demonstration was an "Israeli crime."

The 35-year-old Jawaher Abu Rahma died on Saturday after inhaled tear gas used by Israeli soldiers to crush the demonstration in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

"This new Israeli crime is part of a series of crimes that the army of occupation commits against our unarmed people," Abbas said in a statement.

The weekly demonstration has been going on for years to protest the construction of the West Bank barrier which Israel says is aimed to provide security to its settlements and communities in the West Bank.

The Palestinian National Authority supports "nonviolent resistance" against the barrier which is being built on lands that Israel has occupied in 1967.

The Palestinians stepped up diplomatic moves against Jewish settlements in the West Bank. Later this month, they, along with the Arab states, are going to present a draft resolution to the UN Security Council condemning the settlement expansions.

Source: Xinhua
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