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The Video Does Not Show an Israeli Settler Stabbing a Pregnant Palestinian Woman to Death

Wesam Abo Marq Wesam Abo Marq
4th December 2023
The Video Does Not Show an Israeli Settler Stabbing a Pregnant Palestinian Woman to Death
The video does not show an Israeli settler stabbing a pregnant Palestinian (X)

The Claim

A video shows an Israeli settler stabbing a Palestinian woman to death>

Emerging story

Recently, social media users widely circulated a video clip purporting to feature an Israeli settler fatally attacking a pregnant Palestinian woman while she was accompanying her two children to school in the occupied city of Lod. 

An X user shared the video along with the caption, “An Israeli stabbed and killed a pregnant #Palestinian woman as she was taking her two children to school in the occupied city of Lod. The children watched her getting stabbed repeatedly and murdered in front of them. The attacker then escaped in a getaway car.”

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Misbar’s Analysis

Misbar investigated the viral footage and found the claim to be misleading.

The assault was not perpetuated by an Israeli settler. According to reports, the woman's father and brother were apprehended on suspicion of being involved in her murder.

Pregnant Palestinian Mother Stabbed in Apparent Criminal Act

Contrary to the social media users' claim, the video does not show an Israeli settler fatally stabbing a pregnant Palestinian woman. 

Later, it was determined that the victim, identified as Aya Abu Hujaj, is a Palestinian woman from Lod.

Al Araby TV reporter Ahmad Yassine dispels rumors of an Israeli settler's involvement in the attack on Aya Abu Hujaj. Yassine clarified that the tragic incident, where Aya was killed while accompanying her daughter to school in Lod, had a criminal motive. Two suspects, identified as family members from Bedouin villages in the Negev and Lod, have been apprehended, as stated in Yassine's tweet on the X platform.

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Rising Incidence of Women Violence in the Arab Community

The Abraham Initiatives revealed that the recent incident signifies 222 fatalities within Israel's Arab community this year, marking a significant surge from last year's total of 103 in 2022. The nonprofit additionally documented 188 Palestinian casualties between January and July 2023, a notable increase of 2.3 times compared to the same period last year, which recorded 47 fatalities.

Illegally possessed firearms were identified as a prevalent factor in incidents leading to the murder of Palestinian victims.

Arab Israeli community leaders attribute the escalating violence to the police, citing a failure to combat powerful criminal organizations effectively and a tendency to overlook various forms of violence, such as family feuds, turf wars among criminal groups, and violence against women.

Israel Intensifies Its Bombardment of the Gaza Strip After Pause

Since October 7, the death toll in Gaza has reached at least 15,207 Palestinians. The Director General of the Government Media Office in Gaza informed Al Jazeera that more than 700 Palestinians lost their lives in Gaza in the past 24 hours, with over 1.5 million people displaced in the Gaza Strip. 

A Hamas official confirmed that discussions on a truce or a prisoner-captives exchange will not proceed while Israel continues its attacks on Gaza. Israel withdrew its negotiators from Qatar, citing an "impasse" in talks. 

Since October 7, the U.N. has documented 305 incidents of settler violence in the occupied territories, resulting in at least nine Palestinian deaths, with a third involving firearm threats, including shootings.

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