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Wisdom of the Stairs

You are probably all familar with the cliched cover-up of spousal violence. When asked about the bruises over her body, the physically abused wife claims she fell down the stairs.

In the palestinian world, things work in exactly the opposite way. Take this Ramattan News Agency report on the death of a 60-year-old palestinian woman:

Israeli soldiers have beaten to death a Palestinian woman late on Thursday in Jerusalem, witnesses and Palestinian medical sources said.

Witnesses told Ramattan the Israeli soldiers have beaten Maryam Ayyad, aged around 60, when she tried to prevent them to arrest Palestinian students rent property she owns in the village of Abu Dies in Jerusalem.

They pointed out that the soldiers shoved the woman to the ground and beaten her on the head to death.

Palestinian medical sources said that the old woman died as she was struck in the head.

As it turns out, she likely did fall down some stairs.

An Israeli military spokesman denied this, saying Ayyad fell down some stairs while troops searched nearby but that there was no physical contact between them at the time.

“A military medical unit spent 30 minutes trying to revive her but had to declare her dead. During the resuscitation efforts, her family said she had suffered from heart problems,” the spokesman said.

Ayyad’s family decided against an autopsy and buried her before dawn, said Musa Jaffal, a doctor at a local clinic. Jaffal said Ayyad suffered from diabetes and hypertension.

Nesrin Jasan, an Abu Dis doctor who inspected Ayyad’s body, said she had fallen and struck her head.

Of course, none of this matters to the palestinian news outlets, whose sole aim is to poison the palestinians and the rest of the world against Israel.

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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