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Minister: Autopsy shows torture killed Jaradat
Published Sunday 24/02/2013 (updated) 28/02/2013 18:40
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- An autopsy has revealed that Arafat Jaradat died of extreme torture in Israeli custody and did not have a cardiac arrest, the PA Minister of Detainee Affairs said Sunday.

At a news conference in Ramallah, Issa Qaraqe said an autopsy conducted in Israel in the presence of Palestinian officials revealed that 30-year-old Jaradat had six broken bones in his neck, spine, arms and legs.

"The information we have received so far is shocking and painful. The evidence corroborates our suspicion that Mr. Jaradat died as a result of torture, especially since the autopsy clearly proved that the victim's heart was healthy, which disproves the initial alleged account presented by occupation authorities that he died of a heart attack," Qaraqe said.

A spokeswoman for Israel's Prison Authority said Saturday that Jaradat had apparently died of cardiac arrest in Megiddo prison. An emergency service team had tried to resuscitate him but failed, she said.

Qaraqe described the claim as a fabrication and called for a committee to investigate those responsible for Jaradat's death.

The minister said Jaradat had sustained injuries and severe bruising in the upper right back area and severe bruises of sharp circular shape in the right chest area.

The autopsy revealed evidence of severe torture and on the muscle of the upper left shoulder, parallel to the spine in the lower neck area, and evidence of severe torture under the skin and inside the muscle of the right side of the chest. His second and third ribs in the right side of the chest were broken, Qaraqe said, and he also had injuries in the middle of the muscle in the right hand.

Jaradat's heart was in good condition and there were no signs of bruising or stroke, the minister added.

Israel's Health Ministry said the injuries found in the autopsy could have been caused by the medical emergency team's efforts to resuscitate Jaradat.

"These initial findings are not enough to determine the cause of death," the Israeli ministry said, adding that further test results were not yet in. An Israeli police spokesman said the investigation into Jaradat's death was still ongoing.

Qaraqe's deputy, Ziyad Au Ain, urged any doctors, including Israeli doctors, who doubted that Jaradat was tortured to death to view his body in Al-Ahli Hospital in Hebron.

"Jaradat died due to torture and not a stroke or heart attack," he said, adding that those responsible must be sued either through Interpol or the International Criminal Court.

Palestinian Prisoners Society president Qaddura Fares added that the autopsy revealed seven injuries to the inside of Jaradat's lower lip, bruises on his face and blood on his nose.

After the autopsy, Jaradat's body was transferred to the Palestinian Red Crescent at the Tarqumiya crossing west of Hebron, and taken to the Al-Ahli Hospital. He will be buried on Monday in his hometown Sair.

Jaradat's lawyer Kameel Sabbagh said he was tortured by Israeli interrogators.

Sabbagh, who works for the prisoners ministry, was present at Jaradat's last hearing on Thursday, which an Israeli judge postponed for 12 days.

"When I entered the courtroom I saw Jaradat sitting on a wooden chair in front of the judge. His back was hunched and he looked sick and fragile," Sabbagh said in a statement Sunday.

"When I sat next to him he told me that he had serious pains in his back and other parts of his body because he was being beaten up and hanged for many long hours while he was being investigated

"When Jaradat heard that the judge postponed his hearing he seemed extremely afraid and asked me if he was going to spend the time left in the cell. I replied to him that he was still in the investigation period and this is possible and that as a lawyer I couldn't do anything about his whereabouts at this time."

Sabbagh said Jaradat's psychological state was very serious and that he informed the judge his client had been tortured. The judge ordered that Jaradat should be examined by the prison doctor but "this didn't happen," the lawyer added.

On Sunday, thousands of Palestinians protested the death across the West Bank and Gaza, and at least two protesters were injured by live fire in clashes with Israeli forces, including the 13-year-old son of a Preventive Security officer.

Dozens more were injured by rubber-coated bullets.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said soldiers used riot dispersal means against Palestinians hurling rocks at security forces.
1 ) Christer / Sweden
24/02/2013 22:00
How long will these fucking murderers be allowed to go on without EU and the US act with power?

24/02/2013 22:07

3 ) Zainab / UK
24/02/2013 22:14
UN Declaration of Human Rights (www.un.org) Article 5•No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. Article 7•All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law. All are entitled to equal protection against any discrimination in violation of this Declaration and against... Article 9•No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile - ASK FOR AN INTERNATIONAL INVESTIGATION PLEASE

4 ) Tibi / Tubas
24/02/2013 22:17
1- Someone wants the NEXT INTIFADA to start on both sides, and if it does PALESTINIANS WILL LOSE BIG AGAIN, and Israel will have justification for the Security fence too, and 2- Someone wants the NEXT GAZA WAR to start on both sides, and if it does PALESTINIANS WILL LOSE BIG AGAIN, and Israel will have justification for the last Gaza war too !!

5 ) Maureen / Australia
24/02/2013 22:43
There are no words to describe the abhorent deeds carried out by the Israeli interrogators! Where's Netanyahu? He is sure to have some bullsh*t excuse for another death of an Israeli prisoner!

6 ) shirleyS / Australia
24/02/2013 22:57
what now the so called RED CROSS and UN and the rotten coward BAN KI MOON telling pals not to join UN bodies and geneva conventions and silent UNHRCoun cil navi PILLAY all sit silent while this is happening and demand pals go back to useless talks and to not protect themselves from these war crimes and crimes aginst humanity jews kill with total impunity while pals are expected to sit and be killed torture and isoilation all war crimes all these jailors war criminals TIMEfor PA sign Geneva conve

7 ) ian / australia
24/02/2013 23:37
I've got an idea. Get out of the West Bank. Evacuate settlers back to Israel and let Palestinians create a state. Then there'd be no need to torture to death young men like Arafat Jaradat because there'd be no need for young men like Arafat Jaradat to do whatever it was they claim he did against the state of Israel. The only downside might be Israel being kind of bored, not quite knowing what to do with itself, with its vicious military and sadistic "justice" system.

8 ) Carol Scheller / Switzerland
24/02/2013 23:54
Confirmation that the Israeli authorities lied. So, how many other things have they lied about in the past ?

9 ) Abu Salahadin / USA
25/02/2013 03:52
Hitler will be very happy how for his legacy.How Zonizm practice holocoust on the Palestynien

10 ) Me / Here
25/02/2013 09:32
Wow, where to begin. Go Yehuda. I'm sure you'll have some stupid racist snarky remark to condone the Shin Bet's activity in this one, you racist ethnic cleanser, you. I hope Obama enjoys his visit to see Netanyahu. They can both go screw themselves until armageddon for all I care.

11 ) Julie / USA
25/02/2013 13:24
wow, izrahell's not on ANYONE'S friend list. the people from ALL OVER THE WORLD hate izrael...THAT is a fact...on the ground, in the air, and everywhere else! the message of the world: rot in hell izrael, it's the only thing you deserve.

12 ) wu ming / italy
25/02/2013 14:41
Jaradat's story is reminiscent of many other Palestinian prisoners. According to data published by the center Addameer, which deals with the rights of Palestinian prisoners, in the last ten years there have been about 700 complaints of torture in Israeli prisons. The only solution is the end of Israel!

13 ) Farhad / USA
25/02/2013 16:33
But Israel is a democracy,.... But Israel is only defending itself,..... But Israel is facing 22 hostile Arab states, ..... But Israel is fighting Teqqoq....

14 ) frank / usa
25/02/2013 18:23
why do you think chuck bagel will not be nominated def/sec?

15 ) gabi / australia
26/02/2013 02:24
# 13 - Farhad, add: "Israel never started any war but won all of them." This is, perhaps, the biggest lie. Israel started all the wars, including the 1948 one, - except the 1973 war, which they almost lost; in fact the govt. resigned because of that one. The 1948 war was started by the Jews even before Israel was created and by then they had taken a lot of the land allocated to the Arabs. Israeli propaganda/hasbara, like Goebels said, if you tell a lie often enough, people will believe it.

16 ) Giacomo / USA
26/02/2013 15:33
Interesting, bureaucrats and lawyers but not one Palestinian physician has come forward and corroborated the charge of 'torture'.

17 ) pro peace / singapore
26/02/2013 16:40
Israel military thought they are above the law, the goverment does not respect whatever resolutions in security council. All these attitudes supported by America. Americans people must stand up against any inhuman act.

18 ) matt / USa
26/02/2013 16:59
Is it possible he had a heart attack due to torture? and then when cpr was tried it crushed his ribs? btw, when cpr is done correctly one almost always breaks multiple ribs

19 ) Outlier / USA
26/02/2013 18:26
I again state - a PA Minister has no professional standing to interpret an autopsy.

20 ) Jerry / usa
26/02/2013 22:39
israeli is terror! To 16 israel also claimed self defense when israel executed 9 Turks with gun shots to the back of the head while the Turks were lying on thier stomachs. The only thing one can deduce is israel lies and murders/tortures. israel is not a democracy because the 6 million Palestinians who left under threat are not allowed to vote. When israel allows them to vote israel can claim to be a democracy.

21 ) Maureen / Australia
27/02/2013 11:43
18) Matt. Six broken bones in Jaradat's neck, arm, spine, arms and legs. ????

22 ) southparkbear / usa
27/02/2013 16:14
good try gabi, in 1967 egypt closed the passage of shipping in the red sea which amounts to starting a war. Jordan and syria were tunning to al ahram heard that egyptian tanks are in tel aviv and and they jumped on the war wagon. in the 1980 rockest from lebanon plus cross border attack that killed soldiers and kidnapped other is also an act of war.1947 arab nations attacked israel. only in 1956 israel join france and britain to fight egypt after they closed the canal

23 ) gabi / australia
28/02/2013 06:32
#22 - no-one attacked Israel in 1947 - it did not exist. And the Arabs attacked Israel in May 1948 when the Brits left because the Jews had already taken a lot of the land allocated to the Arabs by the UN, and Ben Gurion promised he would fight for a Jewish state from the Med. to the Jordan. Someone had to protect what was left; if they had not come in we would not now be talking about Gaza and the West Bank. As for 1967, read more about what went on at that time, not as Israel re-writes.
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