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Witness: Israeli soldier killed woman 'in cold blood'
Published Thursday 24/01/2013 (updated) 30/01/2013 17:17
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Suad Jaara was shot in the hand by an Israeli soldier who killed her
friend Lubna al-Hanash near Hebron on Jan. 23. (MaanImages)
HEBRON (Ma'an) – "I saw an Israeli soldier on the main road firing gunshots haphazardly, so I put my left hand on Lubna's back, and grabbed her to try and run backward. A gunshot hit my hand, and I shouted as I ran.

"I thought Lubna was running behind me until I reached the security guards of Al-Arrub College who took me to a clinic in the camp before an ambulance arrived and took me to hospital."

This, says Suad Jaara, 28, is what she witnessed Wednesday afternoon when Israeli officers near al-Arrub refugee camp shot her and her friend Lubna al-Hanash. Lubna, 22, died hours later.

Speaking to Ma'an, Jaara said Thursday that she and Lubna were walking on the campus of Al-Arrub College about 100 meters from the main road when they came under fire.

"An Israeli soldier was shooting from his rifle while a white car was parked on the roadside. There was nobody in the area except Lubna and I. He was a criminal ... yes, a criminal who opened fired at us in cold blood killing Lubna and injuring me.”

Jaara's testimony contradicts claims by the Israeli army’s chief of central command on Channel 10 Wednesday evening that the woman was trying to hurl a Molotov cocktail at an Israeli vehicle.

An army spokeswoman also told Ma'an on Wednesday that "soldiers were attacked by Palestinians who hurled multiple firebombs at them while they were traveling near al-Arrub. Soldiers returned fire and the circumstances of the incident are currently being reviewed."

But Jaara says she and her late friend were the only ones in the area, walking around and enjoying the scenery.

"Lubna arrived two days ago to visit her sister, who is married to my brother. She had heard about Al-Arrub College and she wanted to visit it. I accompanied her to campus and she admired the area because it's in a charming natural landscape. When we decided to leave campus, a criminal fired at us and Lubna died a martyr."

Jaara is an employee at the Ministry of Prisoners Affairs. Her brother Jihad was a gunman in Fatah's al-Aqsa Brigades in the Bethlehem area. He was deported to Ireland after the Nativity Church siege in 2002.
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1 ) sam enderby / amercia
24/01/2013 15:42
So they were the ONLY ones in the area. How convenient.

2 ) the last sentence is enough. / murder.
24/01/2013 16:00
still.why use live ammunition ,and aim at peoples heads ..for throwing petrol bombs.??colin,france

3 ) @ Murder-2 / USA
24/01/2013 17:34
When they "decided to leave campus", they also decided to bring
and "throw petrol bombs", and they were killed in self-defense !!

4 ) ronen / israel
24/01/2013 17:37
#2 just petrol bombs? thats nothing really ever been attacked with a petrol bomb?

5 ) DM / USA
24/01/2013 18:40
@sam enderby. yes they were the ONLY ones in the area. why is that so hard to believe? I find it more questionable that firebombs were being thrown at the college.

6 ) AKeenReader / UK
24/01/2013 18:48
Sue these bastar*s at the ICC for crimes against humanity. The sooner the better.

7 ) throwing a petrol bomb is / murder
24/01/2013 18:59
Who can believe the testimoney of an "employee of the Ministry of Prisoners Affairs."

8 ) Voice of reason / UK
24/01/2013 19:11
Aha. Very credible. She said so, so it must be true. If she were indeed throwing a molotov cocktail, she'd have said so immediately. I rest my case, your honour.

9 ) someone / somewhere
24/01/2013 21:51
#7 who can believe the testimony of an occupation army officer shooting unarmed civilians.....

10 ) someone / somewhere
24/01/2013 21:55
#8) voice of reason (yeah, right!): aha, very credible. the israeli occupation army said so, so it must be true. if the occupation soldiers did indeed kill the palestinian woman and shoot her friend in cold blood, they would have said so immediately. I rest my case, your honour.

11 ) someone / somewhere
24/01/2013 21:58
#1) sam: and it is so convenient that the israeli occupation army always tells the same old story, the very same old story: that the palestinian victim they just shot had a gun, had a bomb, had an aircraft... and when lawyers ask for the proof of that gun, bomb or warship, the israeli army has nothing to show!

12 ) Robert / US
24/01/2013 22:18
My prayers & condolences go out to Lubnas family and friends.There must be cctv cameras to prove no one threw molotov's. Everyone knows you cant trust israeli sources !!

13 ) Colin Wright / USA
25/01/2013 00:11
To Voice of reason #8 ' I rest my case, your honour.' The only countervailing testimony is Israeli. I rest my case your honor. But no fear: I GUARANTEE this killer will never be tried for his crime. We are, after all, talking about Israel.

14 ) Colin Wright / USA
25/01/2013 00:19
For comic relief, ask to see the car that was assailed with Molotov cocktails. Unless you give them time to get ready, I doubt if they can produce a car with burn marks on it. Give them an hour or so, and it'll be a different story.

15 ) Colin Wright / USA
25/01/2013 00:24
It doesn't matter. Unless you're looking for the internet equivalent of ipecac, there's no point in reading any post by Israel or a supporter of Israel. Regardless of what actually happened, they will just say whatever lie is necessary. The only significance of their claims is that they indicate what they would LIKE you to believe. Their statements bear no relationship to the truth at all. Others sometimes lie; the only time an Israeli tells the truth is if it happens to be convenient.

16 ) Double / Standard
25/01/2013 00:51
#7, Yes, "petrol bombs" are the tools of "murderers", and Yes, firing rockets & mortars at civilians are war crimes, but Unfortunately the UN only seems to think so if Jews do it, and Unfortunately the UN only seems to think so if Jews have no right to defend themselves against such murderers and war criminals, so sovereign Israel will just have to ignore the UN's Double Standard !!!

17 ) PA (fr) / Pa
25/01/2013 01:23
What are they teaching at Al-Arrub college? How to make incendiary devices? And to the girls? Isn't that beyond the proscribed Koranic role of a female? So, if Lubna was throwing an incendiary device at a soldier, the soldier should do what?

18 ) ian / australia
25/01/2013 02:11
Some accounts just sound true. Like Suad Jaara's here. And some don't, like guards forced to kill a teenager who threatened them with a toy gun or two young ladies on a college campus throwing Molotov cocktails at a parked (civilian) car which happened to have off-duty soldiers in it. I mean what's more credible? THAT...or random sadism by young soldiers so brutalised/institutionalised they appear to not want to stop killing? Soldiers driven crazy/evil by their crazy/evil job/state.

19 ) ian / australia
25/01/2013 02:15
(contd.) Of course the IDF has form in concocting cover-up stories for over-zealous soldiering (eg. "damaging the fence", "infiltrating Israel", "toy gun" etc.). Weird as well are the contortions you guys (#1, #3, #4, #7, #8 ) are willing to go through to reject the obvious truth and hold on for dear life to a preposterous fiction.

20 ) Colin Wright / USA
25/01/2013 02:27
Re #2 'the last sentence is enough. / murder. still.why use live ammunition ,and aim at peoples heads ..for throwing petrol bombs.??colin,france." I'd guess this is Zionist Black propaganda. For one, that 'start the post with text for the name' routine is Zionist standard (see posts 7,8). For another, the strategy appears to be to insert the notion that there actually was a petrol bomb.

21 ) carine / UK
25/01/2013 02:48
Looks like she's a mother of 2 children, so she'll have better things to do with her time than throw petrol bombs at Israel's Offensive Forces, who were swanning around in places they shouldn't be, taking pot-shots at defenceless women!

22 ) Captain Canuck / Canada
25/01/2013 04:24
Why do most of the assholes in the world come from either the USA or the UK? Like Winston Churchill said to the zionists "Go TO HELL!!!!!"

23 ) The Truth of / Cold Blooded Murder
25/01/2013 05:07
This story title distorts the truth, since "IF the Israeli soldier had killed the woman 'in cold blood', he would have gone into Al-Arrub College after the woman, but instead opposite is the truth, where it was THE WOMAN that CAME out of the Al-Arrub College AFTER THE SOLDIERS, WITH BOMBS, and tried to murder them, IN a planned "COLD BLOODED" (though failed) attempt !!

24 ) william mcdonaghIII / usa
25/01/2013 05:39
9-11 was a zionist job

25 ) Sherri Munnerlyn / US
25/01/2013 06:54
Who can believe anyone in the IDF? They killed over 1500 Palestinian children since 2000, as documented by Btselem and Remember The Children and DCI Palestine.

26 ) Jan / USA
25/01/2013 09:18
She is the 5th Palestinian to be murdered by the IDF in the past several days. These deliberate murders by IDF terrorists never make the news in the main stream media. If the murdered people were Israelis there would be a cry of outrage from the New York Times and the rest of the Zionist backed press. There would be condemnation from the White House and the State Dept. But when the victims are Palestinian there is silence. But if the Palestinians retaliated they would be condemned.

27 ) Charity Clayton / UK
25/01/2013 09:25
If in doubt about who is lying and who is telling the truth, why not look at what few facts are being discussed. No injuries or deaths to 'firebombed' Israeli soldiers? No fires caused by said 'firebombs'? One Palestinian woman killed, one injured? The conclusions should be fairly obvious.

28 ) carine / UK
25/01/2013 14:27
Strange post - nothing to do with the article.You must have a reason for your thinking, Captain, so don't leave us in suspense, tell us why!

29 ) Padraic / Ireland
25/01/2013 16:03
Evidence is required obtained by a good journalist. If the IDF version is true there must be scorch marks and petrol traces left on the ground. If she was shot while attempting to throw a petrol bomb the ground beside her and possibly her body shoud have scorch marks. Where are the investigative journalists? Was it a targeted assisination because of her job perhaps?

30 ) Edward Bulfin / United Kingdom
25/01/2013 20:54
Why were "soldiers" driving round in a car and not in a military vehicle? Were they off-duty? If so why were they still carrying loaded weapons and driving around next to a Palesinian College? The whole situation in Palestine will never be resolved when acts of vandalism are left to go unpunished and reports on shootings are never forensically investigated without prejudice by the investigators. All shootings should be investigated by a UN appointed Forensic Scientific team.

31 ) Edward Bulfin / UK
25/01/2013 21:15
Peace, not with the following remarks: “We must blow Gaza back to the Middle Ages destroying all the infrastructure including roads and water” (Eli Yishai, present Deputy Prime Minister); “There should be no electricity in Gaza, no gasoline or moving vehicles, nothing. … We need to flatten entire neighborhoods … flatten all of Gaza” (journalist Gilad Sharon in the Jerusalem Post); “There are no innocents in Gaza. Mow them down … kill the Gazans without thought or mercy.” (Michael Ben-Ari, membe

32 ) Edward Bulfin / UK
25/01/2013 21:18
Follow on page (run out of space): (Michael Ben-Ari, member of the Knesset); Gaza should be “bombed so hard the population has to flee into Egypt” (Israel Katz, present Minister of Transportation); Gaza should be “wiped clean with bombs” (Avi Dichter, present Minister of Home Front Defense); Israeli soldiers must “learn from the Syrians how to slaughter the enemy” (prominent Israeli Rabbi Yaakov Yosef). Peace in Palestine, never when these are the views of those in prominent positions in Israel.

33 ) Michael / Mexico
25/01/2013 23:47
It seems a bit over the top to shot someone even if they are throwing Molotov cocktails at you. They could have only had a couple if it was true. Personally I would not believe what these soldiers say; they are not exactly renowned for telling the truth. And why would these women be stupid enough to throw anything, especially knowing how Israel would react? It makes no sense what so ever.

34 ) sick / canada
26/01/2013 00:08
I don't believe anything these or any IOF THUGS say. It's always lies and ones has to be braindead or stupid to expect anything other than more self serving lies. I mean, seriously.

35 ) Reader / from Edmonton
26/01/2013 05:37
Prime Minister Netanyahu must order the investigation of this deliberate murder.

36 ) gabi / australia
26/01/2013 06:18
# 23 - think about what you wrote - it is totally illogical!!! (glad you're not my lawyer.)

37 ) Ru / UK
27/01/2013 15:56
These ZioNazi thugs are trained in lies, deception and cold blooded murder. I have no doubts that the girls were innocent and the gun toting, bloodthirsty, bored, brainwashed IDF soldiers were the ones guilty of lies, fabrication of events, shooting unarmed civilians and murder. Hey what's new Israel?

38 ) Basil / South Korea
27/01/2013 18:10
I think if Palestinians actually attack Israelis, it is admitted and the family says the person was a martyr in an attack. Instead, someone says the IDF soldier shot at them. A molotov cocktail on campus against a soldier? It sounds strange like so many Israeli stories. I guess you have to be an indoctrinated Israeli to believe in this and the tooth fairy.

39 ) Colin Wright / USA
30/01/2013 23:13
Re #23 'instead opposite is the truth, where it was THE WOMAN that CAME out of the Al-Arrub College AFTER THE SOLDIERS, WITH BOMBS, and tried to murder them, IN a planned "COLD BLOODED" (though failed) attempt !!' Pretty comic. Why don't you write us an account of Babi Yar -- of all those poor Germans defending themselves against the waves of Jews attacking them in the ravine? They came, and they came...
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