Palestinian Blood Libel: What Happened To Lubna Muneer Hanash?

Lubna Munir HanashAccording to the IDF, she was killed after when troops returned fire after palestinians threw petrol bombs at them.

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.”

According to the palestinians, she was killed in cold blood by an IDF soldier in a parked car:

“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.”

Oh no, sorry, she was killed by one bullet to the head fired by a “settler” in a moving car:

Medical sources in Hebron announced the death of the 21-year-old Palestinian girl Lubna Muneer Hanash from Bethlehem and three others wounded after an Israeli settler opened fire near al-Aroub refugee camp, north of Hebron.

Witnesses and medical sources said that a settler opened fire at Palestinians, while driving by al-Aroub college, injuring Lubna Hanash with a bullet in her head and was admitted to the ICU in Al-Ahli Hospital in Hebron, and later announced dead.

The Palestinian Ahmad Yousef Abu Ghazi from al-Aroub camp and Salah Kamel Abu Hashhash and the girl Suad Yousef Ja’arah, 38, were wounded and admitted to the same hospital for treatment.

Media spokesperson of the Popular Committee to Resist Settlement and Apartheid Wall in Beit Ummar, Mohammad Awad, said that the shooting occurred at the northern gate of the college, and that a force from the Israeli army and police came to the incident place and prevented Palestinians from reaching the gate.

Or should that be killed by two bullets to the head and face fired from a moving car containing both an IDF soldier and “colonists”:

The Jews Celebrated the results of the Israeli Elections by murdering a political science student at the University of Jerusalem – Abu Dis, Lubna Munir Hanash, 22, on the final year before her graduation. Hanash was shot while visiting her sister in the Arroub Refugee Camp north of Hebron and south of Bethlehem.

According to Palestinian sources, a military officer driving in a civilian car together with colonists opened fire towards Palestinians at the entrance of the Al-Aroub refugee camp, murdering Hanash and wounding another one Suad Khalil Jaara, 39 years old.

The student was killed by two bullets to the head and face and died shortly after entering the hospital shortly. Witnesses said that colonists traveling in a civilian car fired abruptly towards the Palestinians.

They said that there was no confrontation in the area when the jewish occupants of the car opened fire. They said “we think that they were celebrating the results of the Israeli elections in their traditionally way, by murdering Palestinians”.

While we do not know for sure what happened, what we do know is there are multiple, conflicting versions of the incident by palestinian “witnesses.” At least one of whom has a clear motive for lying.

“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.


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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