An article dated 09 December, 2023 from The New Arab reports:

An elderly Palestinian woman who went viral on social media after saying that she's "older than Israel" was shot dead by Israeli snipers outside her house.

The woman, Hadiya Nassar, appeared in a video where Palestinian journalist Saleh Aljafarawi, holding her ID card, said, "you are older than Israel".


Aljafarawi confirmed her death on social media site X on Thursday, writing: "You were martyred, my beloved. May God have mercy on your and make your resting place Paradise."

According to Al Jazeera, Aljafarawi's cousin, who was Nassar's neighbour, told him that she was killed by an Israeli sniper outside her front door.

Aljafarawi's tweet does not specify the cause of death. There is no link to the Al Jazeera article and I haven't seen a report from them in English. Does Al Jazeera actually report such a statement from the neighbor? Is there any other evidence that Israeli snipers are responsible for Nassar's death?

  • That's a strange claim, as there is nothing special about that woman that would justify, as the claim tries to suggest, a targeted attack specifically against her because of her claim. She is (or was) old, she isn't the only old person in the world, Palestinian or other, the fact that she was born before may 14, 1948 doesn't contradict any Israeli narrative. She was presumably killed in Gaza, in the middle of an active war. If she is dead, it's more probable that this is the result of regrettable collateral damage rather than a targeted attack against her specifically.
    – SIMEL
    Dec 12, 2023 at 5:55
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    @SIMEL Neither the OP nor the original sources make the claim she was shot because of claiming being older than Israel. She was interviewed by a journalist, she was killed some days after and we don't know (and possibly can't know) whether this was a stray bullet or a sniper, or what.
    – Rekesoft
    Dec 12, 2023 at 8:47
  • @C.F.G IIRC your answer began with something like "This answer does not confirm or deny the claim", which is what answers here are supposed to do, so presumably it was flagged as "not an answer" and deleted for that reason.
    – F1Krazy
    Dec 12, 2023 at 13:02
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    @C.F.G: Please don't use the "But officer, other people were speeding" excuse. Two wrongs don't make a right. Flag the problem answers and/or post comments explaining why they are wrong.
    – Oddthinking
    Dec 12, 2023 at 13:38
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    @C.F.F Focus your answer on the question asked. Give references. Stop speculating. I am bowing out now.
    – Oddthinking
    Dec 12, 2023 at 15:17

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The question asks:

Does Al Jazeera actually report such a statement from the neighbor?

Yes, Al Jazeera reported on this December 7, 2023. However, their sources were merely Saleh Al-Jaafrawi's social media accounts (X and Instagram), which gives little reason to trust them:

According to a conversation on Instagram that took place between [Saleh Al-Jaafrawi] and “Abi Julia,” one of the old woman’s neighbors, he said: “My cousin, who lives in the back street behind her, spoke to me and informed me that members of the Israeli army sniped at her at the door of her house.” [Google translate]


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