|Immediately after the elderly woman driver was shot, Israeli soldiers|
inspect her car: Halhul Junction, November 6, 2015 [Image Source]
Her name is Tharwat Ibrahim al-Sha'rawi, known also as Tharwat Sharawi and by the title Um Ayoub, presumably in honor of a child called Ayoub,
On November 6, 2015, a vehicle she was driving suddenly accelerated as it approached a cluster of Israeli soldiers near Halhul Junction, close to Hebron. (An additional ramming attack had taken place more or less in the same location a day before - our report on that is here.) The soldiers reacted quickly, and she was shot. They found a large commando knife in her handbag after the woman was rushed away to hospital in Jerusalem. She died there of her injuries.
Here's a clip of the attack as captured by an IDF helmet-mounted video camera:
- From the Jerusalem Post: A witness who works at a gas station close to the scene of the attack described the incident as a “regular car accident.” The witness, who was not identified, told Palestinian reporters that Sha’rawi was driving her car in an area where clashes were taking place between IDF soldiers and stone-throwers. He said she tried to flee from the scene because of the tear gas fired by the soldiers. “She drove toward the gas station, where the soldiers were stationed... As soon as she got out of her car, the soldiers opened fire at her, killing her instantly. I saw three soldiers open fire at her.” [The video above shows what nonsense this is.]
- Associated Press: "Her son denied she tried to harm anyone, and that she was on her way to lunch with her sister when she was killed."
- A Tweet: "#Israeli occupation forces executed the #Palestinian woman Tharwat Sharawi 70Y/O from Hebron with 15 bullets"
- Electronic Intifada, a notorious megaphone for anti-Israel propaganda asserted that "it is possible that the elderly driver could have been impaired by tear gas media reported had been fired heavily in the area. The video reveals that there are Israeli soldiers both to al-Sharawi’s right and to her left, on a median in the middle of the road. Several Israeli soldiers standing in the street have no trouble moving out of the way. No one is hit by the vehicle. But Israeli soldiers, including those on the median, immediately begin firing on the car." [The Electrifada activists might have noted, as we did, that another attack-by-vehicle ramming had been done at the same place a day earlier. That makes it easier to understand the rapid response of the IDF soldiers at the junction.]
- On the Arabic-language Alwatan Voice site, an alleged "eyewitness" employee of the nearby gas station said that Al-Sharawi’s car "approached towards the gas station from the direction of the Ras al-Jora area in what he called a normal manner. The Israeli soldiers opened fire on it with volleys of bullets. [She] was likely trying to escape towards the gas station from the large amount of tear gas in the Ras al-Jora neighborhood when the soldiers riddled her car with bullets..." Why? No special reason. [Source]
- Two weeks before the lethal assault, al-Sha'rawi wrote a will. And she reportedly told a daughter, Ihlam, about the same time: "I think I am going to die soon... Oh, Allah, let me die as a shaheeda [martyr] and not in my bed" (Source: The Shasha.ps website, November 8, 2015). We now see she turned her prayer into a plan; she succeeded in not expiring in a bed.
- Violent confrontation with Israelis is nothing new in this clan's life. She was the widow of Fouad al-Sha'rawi, a terrorist killed by IDF fire near Hebron during the early days of the so-called First Intifada in 1988.
- Ihlam, the daughter, is the wife of Mohammad Jamal al-Natshe, a Hamas-faction member of the (non-functioning) Palestinian Legislative Committee. His current address is in care of the Israel Prison Service. Though none of the Arabic-language websites we consulted said so, this book indicates that Grandmother Al-Sha'rawi's son-in-law was among the founders of Hamas. At some point, al-Natshe served as head of Hamas' so-called "military wing in the West Bank". The connection to the Islamist terrorist movement runs strongly in this tribe.
- A Hamas poster [source], replete with Hamas symbols and imagery (see right) was issued to mark the death of the elderly woman, adopting and celebrating her "achievement".