Israel Cancels Work Permits for Family of Murdered Palestinian Mother

Palestinian Aisha Al-Rabi, a mother of eight, died after Jewish settlers stoned her car in the West Bank. (Photo: via Social Media)

Israel has canceled work permits for the relatives of Aisha Al-Rabi, the Palestinian mother who was stoned to death by illegal Israeli settlers last week.

Wafa reported that Yaqoub Al-Rabi, the husband of 47-year-old Aisha Muhammad Talal Al-Rabi, and her brothers were

“Surprised to find out that they were punished for the settlers’ murder of Aisha by revoking their work permit, even though they were victims of the attack”.

Aisha was killed last week after illegal Israeli settlers attacked the couple’s car while they were driving near Tapuah Junction (Za’atara), south of Nablus in the occupied West Bank. Their car was hit by stones, leading Yaqoub to lose control of the vehicle.

In the midst of the assault, Aisha was struck with a large rock on the right side of her head, causing her to lose consciousness. Though Yaqoub tried to drive Aisha to the hospital, she was declared dead on arrival.

While US envoy Jason Greenblatt issued a rare condemnation of the attack, Israel’s Tourism Minister Yariv Levin derided Aisha’s death as nothing more than a “scrap of an incident”.

An investigation into the attack was launched by Israel’s security agency Shin Bet – the same agency that today canceled Yaqoub and his brother-in-laws’ work permits.

Though Shin Bet claims the cancellation of the Al-Rabis’ work permits is temporary, the move will be interpreted as evidence of the double-standard with which such incidents are handled.

In 2015 Israel introduced a new law allowing up to 20 years’ imprisonment for Palestinians accused of throwing rocks at a vehicle with the intent of causing bodily harm, or ten years if the intent was not proven.

Israel regularly arrests Palestinian children for allegedly throwing stones.

According to B’Tselem,

“From the beginning of 2005 to the end of 2010, at least 835 Palestinian minors were arrested and tried in military courts in the West Bank on charges of stone throwing”.

Defense for Children International (DCI) Palestine adds that,

“Each year approximately 500-700 Palestinian children, some as young as 12 years, are detained and prosecuted in the Israeli military court system. The most common charge is stone throwing”.

(MEMO, PC, Social Media)

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