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PHOTOS: Thousands take part in Palestinian minister's funeral in Ramallah

Text by Keren Manor, photos by Yotam Ronen, Oren Ziv / Activestills.org

Palestinian Authority Minister Ziad Abu Ein is carried during his funeral procession, Ramallah, December 11, 2014. (photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Palestinian Authority soldiers carry the coffin of PA minister Ziad Abu Ein during his funeral procession, Ramallah, December 11, 2014. (photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Thousands gathered Thursday morning at the Palestinian Authority headquarters in Ramallah to participate in the funeral of PA minister Ziad Abu Ein. Abu Ein, who served as the Palestinian Authority’s settlement minister died the previous day during clashes with Israeli soldiers near the illegal West Bank outpost of Adei Ad.

Palestinian President Mahmous Abbas attended the funeral, and declared three days of national mourning. The attendees marched from the headquarters toward a cemetery in the nearby city of Al-Bireh, where Abu Ein was buried.

PA President Mahmoud Abbas looks on during the funeral of PA minister Ziad Abu Ein, Ramallah, December 11, 2014. (photo: Yotam Ronen/Activestills.org)

PA President Mahmoud Abbas looks on during the funeral of PA minister Ziad Abu Ein, Ramallah, December 11, 2014. (photo: Yotam Ronen/Activestills.org)

 

Members of Mahmoud Abbas' Presidential Guard look on during PA minister Ziad Abu Ein's funeral, Ramallah, December 11, 2014. (photo: Yotam Ronen/Activestills.org)

Members of Mahmoud Abbas’ Presidential Guard look on during PA minister Ziad Abu Ein’s funeral, Ramallah, December 11, 2014. (photo: Yotam Ronen/Activestills.org)

 

Thousands march from Ramallah to the Al-Bireh cemetery during Ziad Abu Ein's funeral procession, December 11, 2014. (photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Thousands march from Ramallah to the Al-Bireh cemetery during Ziad Abu Ein’s funeral procession, December 11, 2014. (photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

 

Thousands march from Ramallah to the Al-Bireh cemetery during Ziad Abu Ein's funeral procession, December 11, 2014. (photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Thousands march from Ramallah to the Al-Bireh cemetery during Ziad Abu Ein’s funeral procession, December 11, 2014. (photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

 

Members of the Al-Aqsa Martyr's Brigade fire into the air during Ziad Abu Ein's funeral procession, December 11, 2014. (photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Members of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade fire into the air during Ziad Abu Ein’s funeral procession, December 11, 2014. (photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

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    1. Sluggo

      Like the Palestinian children who are encouraged to pick fights with soldiers by flinging gasoline bombs and rocks in the hope the army will fire back, Abu Ein was sacrificed on the altar of the unending Palestinian war against the existence of Israel. Instead of blaming the Israelis, Palestinians need to look inward and ponder the political culture they have created that makes it impossible for their leaders to consider peace on any terms but the destruction of Israel no matter where its borders are drawn. Until that changes, there will never be an end to such confrontations and the inevitable casualties that follow from them

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      • Bryan

        Sluggo – which planet are you living on and is it a planet created by a just God: “Abu Ein was sacrificed on the altar of the unending Palestinian war against the existence of Israel” and one in which it is “impossible for their leaders to consider peace on any terms but the destruction of Israel no matter where its borders are drawn.”

        Despite your hysterical fundamentalism he was leading a peaceful demonstration (absolutely no stone-throwing or hurling of gasoline bombs”) in defence of Palestinian land threatened by confiscation by a gang of violent settler colonists, in a protest symbolized by the planting of olive trees (the symbol of peace) when he was violently confronted by a band of young conscripts. He belongs to a party that years ago committed to the secure existence of the Israeli state and has since been actively cooperating on security issues and has been waiting to find a Israeli partner for a peace outlined at Oslo twenty years ago. Surely you must be one sick brute if you can distort reality like this?

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        • Sluggo

          I sincerely believe that his death was needless. I question the sincerity of the Palestinian quest for peace without the elimination of Israel as a Jewish state

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      • Bryan

        Sluggo you would have been nearer the truth (see recent remarks by Netanyahu, Bennett and Lieberman) had you addressed “the political culture they have created that makes it impossible for their leaders to consider peace on any terms but the denial of a small Palestinian state no matter where its borders are drawn”.

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        • Sluggo

          If a state is what they wanted, they would have had it years ago. They need to give up the pRoR. The rest can be negotiated in days. So yes, his death was needless.

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          • Bryan the inevitable lot of your

            Interesting use of terminology – pROR. The close to 1 million Palestinians expelled in 1947-9, 1967 and subsequently have no right of return, but the jROR is absolutely justified – Jews who have never lived in the land are welcomed at Ben Gurion airport with settlement packages and subsidies.

            As for “they would have had a state years ago” you know perfectly well that the offers made in various negotiations were never for a viable contiguous state, were never accompanied by clear definitions and maps, and that offers were made and broken off, as at Taba, by governments about to face reelection and with very doubtful capability to implement the offer even had it been acceptable. You know also that Palestinian negotiators were ready to accept a very watered down and merely symbolic ROR, so you cannot argue that that was a stumbling block to peace.

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          • Sluggo

            If you accept a two state solution and Israel’s right to exist with her current social fabric, you must accept your first paragraph. I believe that alternatives to a pRoR should be enacted. One key and non-negotiable purpose of Israel is a refuge for the Jewish people it is silly to discuss the JRoR.

            Nobody said a state had to be contiguous. A state is a state is a state There are solutions for everything. The partition plan called for a non-contiguous state with accommodations.

            I actually don’t know that the Palestinian negotiators would accept a watered down pRoR agreement. Arafat went on record as saying it was something he could not do. I hope you are right.

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      • Brian

        I see you opened a can of Hasbara Hash (TM) from the way back of your kitchen shelf, about 20 years old with the stock ingredients very congealed. Thanks anyway. I much prefer the fresh, well-laid-out local ingredients prepared by Chef Bryan, below.

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