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Palestinian prisoner dies in Israeli interrogation center

A Palestinian man died in Israeli custody, reportedly during or after being interrogated by Israel on Saturday. The death comes amid spreading West Bank protests in solidarity with hunger striking prisoners. Near Nablus, settlers reportedly shoot a Palestinian man in the stomach.

Ayalon prison facility, near the city of Ramla (photo: Activestills)

A 30-year-old Palestinian man, Arafat Jaradat, died while in Israeli custody today. According to Palestinian human rights organization Al Haq, Jaradat is believed to have died either during or shortly after he was interrogated in Meggido Prison.

Speaking to the Agence France Presse, a spokeswoman for the Israel Prisons Service confirmed the death. She claimed, “It was probably a cardiac arrest.”

But Al Haq reports that Jaradat, who was arrested on February 18, had no known health conditions. Jaradat was from the West Bank village of Sa’ir, which is north of Hebron. He is survived by two children and his wife is reportedly pregnant with their third child.

Palestinian prisoners will go on hunger strike in protest of Jaradat’s death, the Palestinian news agency Maan reports.

According to B’Tselem, more than 4,500 Palestinians are being held in Israeli prisons; 178 of the detainees are being held without trial in administrative detention. The UN reports that approximately 700,000 Palestinians have been held in Israeli prisons since the occupation began in 1967. Many of these prisoners have been held without charge on administrative detention orders. Children have also been jailed. In 2012, 143 children between 16 and 18 were held in Israeli jails, including 21 minors under the age of 15.

Jaradat’s death comes as Palestinian prisoner Samer Issawi has been on hunger strike for over 200 days. Al Haq reports that Issawi’s family is being harassed by Israeli forces. Issawi’s brother, Shadi, was arrested last week; Issawi’s sister, Shirin, was detained for 24 hours in December and was put on house arrest. On New Year’s Day, Israeli forces razed the home of Issawi’s brother, Rafat.

As Samer Issawi’s condition deteriorates, protests and clashes have spread throughout the West Bank. Dozens of Palestinian protesters were injured in demonstrations throughout the West Bank on Friday, including one who was shot with live ammunition in Hebron.

On Saturday, 26-year-old Hilmi Abdul Azizi was reportedly shot in the stomach by Israeli settlers who invaded the village of Qusra near Nablus, he was in serious condition in a Nablus hospital. A 16-year-old boy was also shot in the leg in the same incident.

Correction: Al Haq states that Jaradat was “believed to have died while under or soon after interrogation.” An earlier version of this post stated that Al Haq reported that Jaradat died while under or after interrogation. The name of the man shot in Qusra has been corrected.

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    1. sh

      A black, black sabbath.

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    2. Will someone in Israel please pick up the law before it is too late?

      These events are ramifying symbolically. Issawi will not be seen the way the State would wish. His value will attach to his family as well as others imprisoned, then to those harmed in protest for him. You have backed life protest into a corner and it will surge out.

      And allowing settlers into a village with guns? Who’s in control?

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      • Danny

        “And allowing settlers into a village with guns? Who’s in control?”

        Allowing? Since when does Israel allow the settlers anything. If anything, it is the settlers that allow Israel the privilege to help them to persecute the Palestinians. You mistake the master for the slave.

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    3. Zephon

      Somebody please save these imbeciles from themselves.

      I mean really people? Are you all so incapable of controlling your own radicals; that you just throw your hands up in utter defeat – without even bothering to try and contain these lunatics?

      Forget the IDF we all perfectly know they won’t ever do anything remotely useful noble much less humane – but what about you all? Have you all lost your minds? That you would let these crazy people remain loose?!

      If you bother to look at history, you will find that once these insane people no longer have Palestinians to unleash their madness on; it will be you and everybody that’s not them that they start shooting at. It’s not as if that’s never happened either.

      But go on and think this is just about Palestinians and the conflict – utter insanity is what awaits Israel with all these lunatics armed and radicals now in power.

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    4. rsgengland

      An inquest is being carried out into his death.
      A Palestinian doctor is included in the inquest team according to reports.
      People do die in prison, and when that occurs, instead of throwing a meaningless hissy tantrum, ensure that a proper inquest is held.
      In that way, cause of death will be properly ascertained, irrespective of weather the outcome supports one side or the other

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    5. Tzutzik

      When the Palestinians will give up their objective of eliminating the only sovereign non Arab non Muslim state in the Middle East namely, Israel, there will be peace. Right now Abbas has no inclination to give up that dream. I know this because …

      “Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas rejected an Israeli offer to allow Palestinian refugees fleeing Syria to enter the Palestinian territories on condition that they forgo their “right of return” to Israel proper, Abbas told the Egyptian press on Wednesday evening.”

      In other words, Abbas expects millions of Palestinian Arabs to be allowed to “return” to Israel.

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      • Zephon

        Chimpanzee logic once again at work

        ” Jews wan to destroy the old world” ” Palestinians want to destroy the Jews”

        And the apes are still waiting for their turn on the keyboard.

        Shit is still flying everywhere in this cage of monkey logic.

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    6. Tzutzik

      Which bit of this don’t you understand Zephon?

      “Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas rejected an Israeli offer to allow Palestinian refugees fleeing Syria to enter the Palestinian territories on condition that they forgo their “right of return” to Israel proper, Abbas told the Egyptian press on Wednesday evening.”

      Do you deny that Abbas rejected this offer and that he would rather see Palestinians be murdered in Syria than give up the right of return?

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