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PHOTOS: Clashes erupt in West Bank after funeral for Palestinian prisoner

Photos by: Anne Paq, Yotam Ronen, Oren Ziv, and Ryan Rodrick Beiler from the Activestills photo collective.

The visibly distressed father of deceased Palestinian prisoner Arafat Jaradat after identifying his body at the Abu Kabir Forensic institute, February 24, 2013.

Thousands of Palestinians attended the funeral on Monday of Arafat Jaradat, 30, who died two days earlier in Israeli custody, while under interrogation by Israel’s internal security agency, the Shin Bet. The funeral took place in his village of Sa’ir, near Hebron, in the West Bank.

According to Palestinian officials, the autopsy showed bruising on his shoulder, chest and elbows, as well as fractures in two of his right ribs, all indications that he died from severe torture. A father of two children, Jaradat was married and and his wife is pregnant.

Large numbers of Israeli forces were deployed around Sa’ir during the funeral. Some clashes erupted after the funeral near the village, along with different cities throughout the West Bank, as well as a massive rally in the Gaza Strip. His death comes amid spreading West Bank protests in solidarity with hunger striking prisoners. Israel has been repeatedly condemned by human rights organizations for the use of torture and ill-treatment against Palestinian prisoners. A petition by human rights organizations requesting the interrogation sessions to be filmed was denied.

Thousands congregate at the center of Sa’ir village for the funeral of Arafat Jaradat.


An armed masked man shooting in the air above the crowd.


The body of Arafat Jaradat is carried by the crowd.


Mourners touch Arafat Jaradat’s body as they pay their respects.


Relatives of Arafat Jaradat carry his picture during the funeral.


Palestinians stand on the wall of the cemetery to see the burial of Arafat Jaradat.


Palestinian schoolgirls shout slogans during the funeral.


Palestinian women carry a poster of Arafat Jaradat and chant slogans.


Palestinian youth clash with the Israeli army after the funeral near Road 60 in the nearby village of Beit ‘Einoun.


Palestinian youths pile burning tires against a tower in the Israeli separation wall during clashes in response to the death of Arafat Jaradat, Aida Refugee Camp in the West Bank town of Bethlehem.


Friends evacuate 13-year-old Mohammed al-Kurdi of the Aida Refugee Camp who was shot twice with live ammunition by Israeli forces during clashes reacting to the death of Arafat Jaradat. Reports indicate that he remains in critical condition with bleeding in his liver and lungs. UPDATE: Upon hospitalization and x-rays, doctors determined that al-Kurdi was injured by fragments that may have resulted when bullets struck the pavement near him, striking him in the back, injuring his lungs and liver, and lodging near his spine.


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    1. Danny

      The last photo is powerful – David vs. Goliath, circa 2013.

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      • The Trespasser

        Yeah. 7 000 000 Israelis vs. 1 500 000 000 Muslims.
        Fair fight, huh?

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        • aristeides

          None of the Muslims in those photos had guns. Or any Christians, either.

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          • shaun

            3rd picture; “An armed masked man shooting in the air above the crowd.”
            I guess it was just a toothpick used for non-violent demos.

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        • sh

          Israelis against all the Muslims in the world Trespasser? You’re cooking the books again. It’s Dimona + one of the most powerful armies in the world with all mod cons thanks to the munificence of the world’s only superpower, pitted against stones and burning tyres.
          Fair fight huh?

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          • The Trespasser

            You are making it sound like Muslims of the world have no nuclear missiles, no tanks and no advanced weapons.
            Hmmm. I’m still trying to figure, are you really THAT dumb?

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          • Leen

            I hate it when people make it into religion.
            And saying Muslims vs Israelis reeks of Islamophobia. Paitning a bruch of 1 billion people while effectively ignoring the Christian population under occupation is discrimination.

            I wonder what happens if I said Jews against Saudi Arabia? People would be jumping down my throat that it is anti-semitic and quite frankly it IS anti-semitic. Just like it is islamophobic the previous quote.

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          • The Trespasser

            I’ve composed an answer, but it was apparently considered too Islamophobic and removed.

            As it seems from here, indeed there are reasons to be afraid of Islam.

            Good. Whoever removed that message – thank you for reminding once again that the dialogue with Muslims is not possible.

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        • This child is likely to die, or at least to end up with chronic medical problems. Your response to that is to try and turn him into a symbol of all the Muslims in the world, in order to paint a picture of a beleaguered and hard-pressed Israel?

          He is only Mohammed Qurd, and he might not live that much longer.

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          • The Trespasser

            Why should I be bothered by the fate of that kid, if his own kinsmen are bothered not?

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    2. The bit about broken ribs should be qualified as broken ribs are very common from properly performed CPR. This is not a a definitive mark of torture, anyone with any medical experience knows this. Especially considering that there would likely have been efforts to revive the Mr. Jaradat, the presence of broken ribs is not so out of the ordinary.
      To the Author(s): While it may be difficult, try and hold back immediate judgement, especially when its such a contentious issue and weak-minded individuals will gladly spread your disinformation (whether it is unintentional or not).

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      • Adrenalin

        broken ribs are quite common during CPR with older people but quite rare during CPR of young people. The victim was only 30 years old….

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        • Adrenalin

          >> What the final autopsy did find, however, was that Jaradat had been pummelled by repeated blows to his chest and body and had sustained a total of six broken bones in his spine, arms and legs; his lips lacerated; his face badly bruised.

          CPR??? LOL

          >> Six days after Arafat Jaradat was arrested by the Israeli army and the Shin Bet, he was dead. Between the date of his arrest – February 18 – and the day of his death – February 23 – his lawyer Kamil Sabbagh met with Arafat only once: in front of a military judge at the Shin Bet’s Kishon interrogation facility.

          Sabbagh reported that when he saw Jaradat, the man was terrified. Arafat told his lawyer that he was in acute pain from being beaten and forced to sit in stress positions with his hands bound behind his back.

          Go read the full article
          How Israel legitimises torturing Palestinians to death
          Israel’s policy of torture has left many dead and completely lacks accountability.


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          • Zephon

            LOL? You find this funny? Why am I not surprised. Just when one thinks people couldn’t fall any more they set a new level of disappointment.

            Moses would not be laughing whatsoever.

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          • Adrenalin

            The LOL was @Nazer who told us that CPR caused the injuries of the victim Jaradat.

            The killing and the torture is nothing to laugh.
            Sorry for my missleading LOL.

            It was meant on Nazers comment “autopsy findings are a result of CPR”.

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    3. also in the last photo, much of the boy’s torso is bare and clearly free from both blood or any other sort of visible damage, so it would be wise to double check that in fact this is the correct photo with the correct subject because it appears to either be captioned incorrectly or the wrong photo. (I realize that the liver is on the side of the chest that is covered by his shirt, but in most cases there would be traces of blood or other evidence of trauma).

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      • Nazer is right, I think (not on content by query). Good journalism should respond to such things. Given the boy’s hosptialization, it shouldn’t be too dificult to clear the matter, one way or the other.

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    4. Jan

      Come on Trespasser you know that with its hundreds of nuclear weapons and the 4th most powerful annihilate all the Arab countries but the world as well. I do not feel sorry for Israel at all. It is the people of the world who should feel sorry for living in a world where there is a country with people such as you that think it is fine to torture a man to death or that think it is fine to shoot a 13 year old kid.

      Don’t tell me that the US does the same thing. I condemn that as well.

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    5. Now a 13 year old boy is maimed. The IDF is not prepared to deal with these events. The general cavalier disregard for IDF violence has degraded ground control of weapons in tense situations. Anyone thinking this out would have realized that you need precise control in quiet times to prevent escalation in tense times; and the former requires punishment for those over using violence without command.

      A machine gun in the air. There are those who will say the people are awaking and we must show them the will. A relatively few can ignite a fire. This is why the iron resolve of nonviolence is so important. Instead, the years of protests are derided as unacceptable autonomy on the right. Nonviolence is always on both sides.

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    6. XYZ

      Ah, yes, the poor, pathetic unarmed Palestinians who managed to kill over 1000 Israelis and wound thousands more in their suicide bomber campaign, plus who had the help of large Egyptian and Syrian armies which fought Israel on several occasions.
      The Germans made the same claim. They said their 80,000,000 were “under occupation” by 600,000 Jews and so they decided to do something about it. They also claimed they were victims and were powerless. Anyway, in the war they later started, they were the “weak” ones who didn’t stand a chance against the more powerful Allies. The “weak” aren’t always right and the “strong” aren’t always wrong.

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      • If we were to go into the tolls of dead and wounded, you know full well which is higher. But that would be a crass thing to do. It would be especially crass on a post mentioning the shooting and critical wounding of a Jewish kid. If that boy dies, will you feel at ease with this comment that you have made?

        The Nazi comparison is also completely out of order. To begin with, there never were heavily armed Jewish soldiers patrolling the streets of Berlin, affecting everybody’s lives. Germany never was under Jewish military rule. Jewish armies weren’t subjecting other Germans to administrative detention and torture in custody. This is not true of Israeli rule over Palestinians.

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        • XYZ

          The Germans felt they were “controlled” by the Jewish minority….businessmen, bankers, lawyers, doctors. Jews were prominent in all these fields. Although Jews were less than 1% of the population, they contributed 1/3 of the all the financing for the Kaiser Wilhelm Institut of science. This Jewish prominence ate at the Germans, as you well know.
          Regarding who has lost more people…is this some sort of game where people are keeping score? More German civilians died that British or Americans. Are you saying “that isn’t fair”?

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          • No. I don’t keep score. This is why I asked you why you have brought the number of Israeli victims of suicide bombing to a post on the death of a prisoner and the potentially fatal shooting of a young teenager. What purpose does that serve unless you want to say, “Oh, it’s not so bad, look at what they do to us”? Doesn’t such a comparison invite others to point at another number, the one you don’t include? If your response to the shooting of a child is a snide remark about the ‘poor, pathetic unarmed Palestinians’, you must be prepared for people to respond in kind. If the child were Jewish, and someone like me were to write what you just have, as though IDF crimes could somehow lessen the wrong, how would you take it?

            Palestinians live under Israeli martial law. This is a cold hard demonstrable fact, not comparable to Nazi conspiracy theories about Jews. Under the specifics of that law it is possible for the Israeli army to arrest Jaradat and others like him without even a charge, never mind a trial, and transfer them to prisons within the Green Line like Megiddo. Palestinians really do live under Israeli control, manifested in olive green. I don’t see how you can rationally dispute this, much less compare protests over the death of a prisoner in Israeli custody to Nazi-era resentment over Jewish scientific and cultural prominence. This is an extraordinary argument even from someone who believes a military occupation can be benign.

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          • “I don’t keep score. This is why I asked you why you have brought the number of Israeli victims of suicide bombing to a post on the death of a prisoner and the potentially fatal shooting of a young teenager.” : Because, Vicky, those who live an ontology of reified racial categories see individual deaths as mere cells of a larger organism. This larger organism never really changes, so its cells remain collectively responsible for suicide bombings.

            The law is devoted in part to denying this logic. A dying individual is not a cell but a person.

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      • andrew r

        “They said their 80,000,000 were “under occupation” by 600,000 Jews and so they decided to do something about it.”

        Can you reproduce any Nazi propaganda using the phrase “under occupation” with reference to Jews? The main argument in the racial propaganda of the Third Reich is that the Jews were seeking to control the nations through assimilation. Of course you’re probably aware of that. The usage of “under occupation” here is more than likely a paraphrase meant to equate discussing the Zionist colonization of Palestine with early 20th century antisemitic discourse.

        A pretty pathetic tactic, but who knows, you might come through with an issue of Der Sturmer that says “we’re under occupation by the Jews”. Even then, it’s still dumb because the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories (and Golan) really is an occupation. And between 1948 and 1966, all Arabs living in Israel were under a military governor.

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        • Leen

          It’s worthwhile to mention that there is a near international consensus that it is occupation (as outlined by the number UNSC res passed, even the ones that the US has voted on it). It is recognize as an occupation by the IFRC and the ICRC, and of course the UN. The only country that disputes this is of course, Israel.

          This was not the case with Nazi Germany. There was no recognition or international consensus that the Germans were under ‘occupation’ by the Jews. Nor was there any legal reference. It is part of a racial ideology, not a legal framework.

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    7. Adrenalin

      And CPR lacks an explanation für bruises, muscle bleedings and abrasion.

      But -even more important- prior to the autopsy, Israeli officials had said Jaradat likely died of cardiac arrest.

      Ha’aretz reports:

      “No sign of heart failure was found during the examination, nor was any other sign of illness, according to Aloul and Israeli officials.”


      Torture marks are not obligatory – I would be surprised if Shin Bet is unable to torture without leaving marks physical abuse is a little outdated. But I agree we should wait for toxicological findings and find out how Jaradat was interrogated (i.E. stress positions?)

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    8. The Trespasser

      Just read the “autopsy” report.
      As expected: lies, lies, lies.

      “Torture” can be the cause of death. Cardiac attack could be, stroke, blood loss – but not “torture” or even “severe beating”

      What the autopsy report is missing is the actual cause of death, which means that chances are that there was no autopsy at all – like in case with Muhammad al-Durrah.

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