By ROBERT MACKEY
As my colleague Isabel Kershner reported, this week Israel’s military tried to deflect blame for the death of a Palestinian woman who collapsed after inhaling tear gas fired by Israeli soldiers during a protest against Israel’s separation barrier in the West Bank.
The woman who died on Saturday, Jawaher Abu Rahmah, was a 36-year-old resident of the town of Bilin, where there have been weekly protests against the barrier for six years. The protest organizers insist that they are committed to unarmed demonstrations, although Israeli troops who block the marchers — and use tear gas to disperse the crowds — are often pelted with rocks by young Palestinians. In 2009, Ms. Abu Rahmah’s brother, Baseem, was killed at one of the protests, after being struck by a tear-gas canister. The episode was captured in a graphic video posted online.