A Palestinian woman was stoned to death by Israeli settlers on Friday night close to a military checkpoint south of Nablus, in the occupied West Bank.
The Palestinian mother of eight, Aisha Mohammed al-Rabi, 47, was on her way home from a wedding along with her husband and daughter when a group of paramilitary Israeli settlers attacked the car throwing rocks.
According to local sources, the Israeli settlers threw a number of large rocks, breaking the windshield of the car. They then continued to throw rocks hitting the couple in the head and upper body.
According to reports one of the big rocks thrown by the settlers struck al-Rabi in the cheek and ear, leaving her bleeding for about two minutes before dying from her wounds.
Her husband, Aykube, tried to get his wife to the hospital in time.
I kept driving while my wife was covered with blood. Our daughter screamed and wept seeing her mother dying, he said.
I was in a very bad shape. All the way to the hospital I was asking my wife to answer me, and at the same time tried to calm down our daughter, who wouldn’t stop crying.
Aisha Mohammed al-Rabi was announced dead on arrival and was buried in a funeral ceremony Saturday.
The stoning of the Palestinian mother has gained international attention as United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov on Sunday condemned the murder of al-Rabi.
My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Aisha, and I wish a speedy recovery to her injured husband, he said in a statement.
Such attacks only seek to drag everyone into a new cycle of violence that would further undermine the prospects of peace between Palestinians and Israelis.
The Israel Security Agency has opened an investigation into the attack and death of Aisha Mohammed al-Rabi.
However, the authorities have not ruled out the possibility that a group of Palestinians throwing rocks mistook the Palestinian couple’s car for an Israeli one.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, however, is not in doubt of where the guilt lies.
In a statement, he described al-Rabu as a martyr who sacrificed her blood for the sake of her homeland and her people.
This is a very ugly crime committed by the settlers in the defence of the occupying state, Abbas said.
Our people will continue to stand firm on its land, no matter how many victims. These crimes will not harm the determination of our people to continue on their path to freedom and independence; to establish an independent state with its eternal capital, Jerusalem.
Source: Palestine Monitor