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Crowds bury 'mentally ill' Gaza woman shot dead by Israeli forces
Published Saturday 01/03/2014 (updated) 02/03/2014 11:25
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GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Large crowds turned out to mourn the death of a 57-year-old Gaza woman on Saturday, hours after Israeli forces shot her dead as she walked near the separation barrier in the southern Gaza Strip.

Mourners taking part in the funeral for Aminah Qudeih in the city of Khan Younis called for a response to the killing, demanding Palestinian leadership hold Israeli authorities accountable by appealing for justice at the International Criminal Court.

Although Qudeih was shot by Israeli forces east of Khan Younis late Friday, ambulance crews were prevented from reaching her until Saturday morning, at which time they found her dead.

Abu Anas Qudeih, a relative of the woman, told Ma'an that Aminah had gotten lost on her way home from a party at her neighbors' house.

He added that although she had not approached the buffer zone that Israeli maintains near the border, Israeli forces had opened fire on her as she walked and killed her.

Qudeih added that "the policy of the enemy is blood," adding that Israel "does not understand anything except the language of resistance."



The woman's relatives told AP she was mentally ill, and assumed she wandered toward the border by mistake.

Abd al-Aziz Qudeih, a leader in the Palestinian Popular Struggle Front, condemned the attack, calling upon Palestinian leadership to go the international courts and prosecute Israel for its "crimes."

He said that Israel used a policy of "intimidation" to force Palestinians to flee their lands.

An Israeli army spokeswoman told Ma'an that after telling the suspect to stop, and firing warning shots into the air, Israeli forces opened fire on her "lower extremities."


Israeli forces frequently shoot at farmers and other civilians inside the Gaza Strip if they approach large swathes of land near the border that the Israeli military has deemed off-limits to Palestinians.

The "security buffer zone" extends between 500 meters and 1500 meters into the Strip, effectively turning local farms into no-go zones.

According to UNOCHA, 17% of Gaza's total land area and 35% of its agricultural land were within the buffer zone as of 2010, directly affecting the lives and livelihoods of more than 100,000 Gazans.
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1 ) Mel / USA
01/03/2014 19:10
Oh brave Israel! So valiant & PURE in your "defense" of Israel's illegal occupation & persection of non-Jews! Such great legacy to leave(postWW2)for those lost before & your kids ahead! "NEVER AGAIN"(to Jews only). What greater compliment to your persecutors than MIMICKING them.Way to go!Your shining 'light' of ZIONISM shows ALL Israel in true colors! White with blue star?Or red&black with swastika?Same-same! So many OTHER better,human options too!

2 ) Rod / USA
01/03/2014 19:20
I want to think that they didn't place the woman (mentally ill) in this position for "political" gains, but knowing the modus operandi of Palestinians, this is very possible. If not, as this is a dangerous zone, the Palestinians caretakers of this mentally ill person should be accountable.

3 ) Colin Wright / USA
01/03/2014 19:37
It'll be truly sickening if any Zionists sink so low that they can show up and defend this.

4 ) Lynx / Palestine
01/03/2014 19:58
It would seam that a fair solution to this is to set up and enforce a security buffer on Israel's side of the border, where any Israeli roaming about would be swiftly shot and dealt with by Palestinian forces!

5 ) Jim / UK
01/03/2014 21:12
Rod, it's their home. The Israeli military routinely kills people approaching the fence which is openly acknowledged as Palestinian territory by both sides. These deaths are mostly murders, probably war crimes.

6 ) Dear / Rod
01/03/2014 21:43
The woman was MENTALLY ILL and with your comment I`m not sure if your not to. I`m dying to hear your explanation as to why the army prevented ambulance crews from removing her until the next day.

7 ) Colin Wright / USA
01/03/2014 23:31
To Rod #2: 'I want to think that they didn't place the woman (mentally ill) in this position for "political" gains, but knowing the modus operandi of Palestinians, this is very possible...' There goes breakfast.

8 ) JoeUSA / USA
01/03/2014 23:41
Ref#2 Rod , at least it is clear for everyone that the IDF had killed "NUMEROUS" unarmed civilians under the pretext of approaching the fence , entering the NO GO zone so on and so forth. What gains would the Palestinians get from sending this woman to her death ? You are sick ROD.

9 ) Kora / Belgium
01/03/2014 23:47
Now they've sunk to the lowest possible standards. A defenceless & mentally disabled woman, making her way home from a party. Filled with joy at having spent a little time with her friends, then brutally gunned down because she strayed too near the fence. It was probably dark, at her age she probably had bad eyesight. Too horrible to contemplate. Who will speak out in condemnation about the demise of this poor woman? Who will show concern? Where is the world?

10 ) Golden Dome / USA
01/03/2014 23:56
The IDF "Bleed Out" policy is a war crime punishable at The Hague.

11 ) Colin Wright / USA
02/03/2014 02:15
To Dear #6: '...I`m dying to hear your explanation as to why the army prevented ambulance crews from removing her until the next day.' Since he's a Zionist, that might tax Rod's ingenuity -- but be careful what you wish for. I've never seen a Zionist find any moral depth too deep to plumb. They dive right in.

12 ) Susan/Dear / USA
02/03/2014 04:20
All of the incendiary statements were made by self-serving Palestinians and should not be accepted as facts except by ardent Israel-haters, such as "Colin Wright", "Lynx", "Jim" and other aliases.

13 ) ABE / USA
02/03/2014 04:35
It is a dangerous part of the world. Sad so Sad!

14 ) Ashira / Palestine
02/03/2014 10:51
Maan ....please notice the language and terminology used in this article ....she was not walking next to a separation barrier !!! the wall is not for separation that is a term used by Israel to excuses its wall it is an Apartheid wall

15 ) M / Canada
02/03/2014 10:56
Mel, are you suggesting that the people who were with this lady should accept no responsibility? The same people who publicly stated that she suffered from mental illness. Did they not have a reasonable responsibility towards her personal safety? Approaching a nations borders that you are at war with is just plain stupid. I hope that she was at least a willing participant in contributing to Hamas propaganda, but I highly doubt it.M

16 ) Colin Wright / USA
02/03/2014 11:07
To Abe #13: 'It is a dangerous part of the world. Sad so Sad!' That is to say, it's within small-arms range of armed Zionists. As Amnesty International says, the solution is to stop giving Zionists arms.

17 ) Colin Wright / USA
02/03/2014 11:09
To Susan #12: 'All of the incendiary statements were made by self-serving Palestinians...' You're actually able to convince yourself this didn't happen?

18 ) ABE / USA
02/03/2014 13:17
To #16 ISRAEL a Country! Come on say it with me, ISRAEL is a country. Stay away from the FENCE! Easy.

19 ) Carlos / usa
02/03/2014 15:41
Colin Mel thank you for responding to these imbecilic israeli propogandists. It is ridiculous their excuses for murder. I enjoy your quick response and insightful answers.

20 ) carlos / usa
02/03/2014 15:45
Do something about the israeli terrorism. Boycott all israeli products. One I am boycotting is Intel Corporation. When I buy a computer I order an AMD processor in it. Intel is run by israel.

21 ) Tina / USA
02/03/2014 16:18
May she rest in peace. She WILL get her justice on the Day of Judgment, and the murderers who killed her will burn in Hell. As for all those without a soul or a conscience who are on the side of the oppressors [i.e., IsraHell], you will also be Judged by God one day as well.

22 ) Colin Wright / USA
02/03/2014 20:29
To ABE #18: 'To #16 ISRAEL a Country! Come on say it with me, ISRAEL is a country. Stay away from the FENCE! Easy.' That's why you could be shot in San Ysidro or Niagara Falls. Canada and Mexico are countries as well -- so it follows that they can shoot you if you come within a kilometer of their border.

23 ) Colin Wright / USA
02/03/2014 20:30
To Abe #18: 'To #16 ISRAEL a Country! Come on say it with me, ISRAEL is a country.' ...and that would be a situation her behavior makes it clear should be addressed.

24 ) j / usa
03/03/2014 02:17
come on people. Palestinians don't care about their woman and in fact muslims don't care about women. They only cry if woman dies if she's killed by israelis. How many girls and women die by palestinian men every day? And plus palestinians are known to send children and woman to carry attacks against israelis so how IDF suppose to know if she's mentally ill or a terrorist

25 ) ABE / USA
03/03/2014 02:45
To #20 If you boycotted everything made in ISRAEL you would be naked, living in a tree and out of touch with the rest of the world!

26 ) Colin Wright / USA
04/03/2014 20:24
To Abe #20: 'To #20 If you boycotted everything made in ISRAEL you would be naked, living in a tree and out of touch with the rest of the world!' Yup. Gotta point there, Abe. Israel's exports were 29 billion -- and the global total is 36 trillion. That's nearly a tenth of one percent! It'd be a crushing blow if that disappeared.

27 ) ABE / USA
07/03/2014 21:27
Those exports to #20 are from a country of 7 million people! Tell me the emount of exports from the ENTIRE Muslim world. Lets compare.

28 ) Colin Wright / USA
08/03/2014 02:50
To Abe #1: 'Those exports to #20 are from a country of 7 million people!....' Yes -- and 0.1 % would be just about the share '7 million people' (more than that, but never mind) should have. However, you're avoiding the point. Contrary to your ridiculous claim, we most certainly can get along without Israel.

29 ) Colin Wright / USA
08/03/2014 08:43
To ABE #27: 'Those exports to #20 are from a country of 7 million people! Tell me the emount of exports from the ENTIRE Muslim world. Lets compare.' Actually, I'm confident of the answer there as well -- but you look it up.

30 ) Colin Wright / USA
08/03/2014 08:52
...All Zionists can't be morons. Take Alan Dershowitz, for example. He may be a thoroughly despicable human being, but it's not likely he's a moron. How come we get the selection we do here at Ma'an? Think about that, Abe. WHY are you allowed to post? Then there's the rest of the crew: Brain, Malone, Arnold, that other chap. Something's definitely going on here.

31 ) Rachamim Dwek / Israel
30/03/2014 19:06
@4"Lynx": Great idea that Buffer Zone on the Israeli side of the border. Take you long to dream that up? See, the problem with THAT? No Israeli is trying to sneak into Gaza to kill Gazan civilians. No Israeli trying to set IEDs to kill Gazans. IF Gazans simply left Israel alone they'd never see another Israeli but they dont, do they? Tunneling into Israel, launching mortar shells, rockets and missiles and vowing to murder Jews in the media AND THEN crying foul when Israel uses force? Grow up.
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