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Palestine: Autopsy of captive Jaradat’s body proves he died of severe torture, attack on man, child wounded & arrests

Autopsy of captive Jaradat’s body proves he died of severe torture

RAMALLAH, GAZA, NAZARETH, (PIC)– The autopsy report, which was conducted on Sunday on the body of the prisoner Arafat Jaradat, proved that he was subjected to severe torture, and that he did not die of a heart attack, as claimed by the Israeli authorities.

The report confirmed that Arafat has sustained his injuries recently in the period of his detention and interrogation.

The Palestinian doctor who participated in the autopsy of the Arafat’s body, that took place in the Israeli Abu Kabir Institute, stated that the autopsy showed bruises and signs of torture on the back of the martyr on the right side, in addition to signs of torture on the chest and visible injuries down the neck and shoulder.

The report stressed that the autopsy showed that the heart of the martyr was sound, and that there are no signs of a heart attack, as the occupation claimed after the death of the young man.

Meanwhile; violent clashes broke out on Sunday between hundreds of citizens and the occupation forces in different parts of Ramallah, in the center of the West Bank.

Hundreds of citizens gathered near Ofer prison in the west of Ramallah and staged a march to protest the death of prisoner Arafat Jaradat, eyewitnesses told PIC.

The occupation forces suppressed the march, which led to the outbreak of violent clashes during which a number of Palestinian citizens suffered suffocation and minor wounds as the Israeli soldiers fired metal bullets and tear gas grenades.

Witnesses reported that similar clashes erupted near the Atara military checkpoint, north of Ramallah, after young people organized marches towards the checkpoint in protest at the killing of captive Jaradat.

The soldiers fired tear gas grenades and metal bullets at the youths who responded by throwing stones, empty bottles and Molotov cocktails.

Local sources said that violent confrontations have also broken out near the Qalandiya checkpoint in the south, where a number of citizens suffered from suffocation and the road leading to Jerusalem has been closed.

Clashes and confrontations were also renewed in several areas in al-Khalil Governorate to protest the death of Arafat in the Israeli jails.

The clashes started in the morning hours of Sunday in the area of ​​Beit Ainun close to house of martyr Jaradat, as well as other areas in the center and the north of al-Khalil.

According to eyewitnesses; the Palestinian youths threw stones and empty bottles and set fire to tires while the occupation soldiers fired live and rubber-coated bullets and tear gas grenades at the young people.

In Gaza, thousands of citizens took part in a mass rally called for by Hamas movement in north of the Strip in condemnation of the assassination of martyr Arafat Jaradat by the occupation.

Marches were launched from mosques in the northern Gaza Strip, on Sunday evening. All the demonstrators gathered and headed to the house of the isolated prisoner Dirar Abu Sisi, chanting slogans condemning the crimes of the occupation and calling on the resistance fighters to capture Israeli soldiers in order to be able to release Palestinian prisoners through exchange deals.

Sheikh Mohammed Abu Askar said, in a speech he delivered on behalf of Hamas, that his movement and its military wing, Al-Qassam Brigades, will not abandon their responsibilities towards the prisoners, and are working to liberate them.

He also condemned the world’s silence regarding the Israeli crimes, and demanded the international community to exert pressure on the occupation to release the prisoners, especially the hunger strikers.

Hundreds of Palestinian women have also participated on Sunday in a mass rally in solidarity with Palestinian hunger striking prisoners and in protest at the policy of administrative detention.

The march which was called for by Wissal network, under the Association of Culture and Free Thought, was launched from the Unknown Soldier Square in Gaza, and headed to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

The participants in the march raised Palestinian flags, photos of hunger striking prisoners and banners denouncing the Israeli crimes against them.

A delegation of the marchers, headed by Director of the Culture and Free Thought Association Mariam Zakut, handed a protest note to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Gaza in which they expressed their protest at the poor conditions of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, and demanded the international institutions to protect the prisoners.

The protestors held a rally outside the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights where speeches were delivered in which speakers stressed on their solidarity with the issue of prisoners.

Zakut pointed to the difficult conditions of prisoners in general, and hunger strikers in particular, and called on all concerned authorities and humanitarian institutions to immediately intervene in order to protect the captives before it is too late.

Hebrew media revealed on Sunday that the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has sent a letter to the Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, demanding him to “take the necessary measures to calm the situation in the West Bank.”

The demonstrations that have broken out in the past two days in different parts of the occupied West Bank in solidarity with the prisoners led the occupation forces to take precautionary measures in anticipation of the deterioration of the situation in the West Bank.

Four Palestinian prisoners; Samer al-Issawi, Ayman Sharawna, Jafar Ezzedine and Tarek Qa’adan, have been waging an open hunger strike for months in the Israeli occupation jails, in protest at their administrative detention.

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Settlers attack Palestinian citizen and cause him serious injuries

NAZARETH, (PIC)– Around 15 Jewish extremists attacked on Sunday morning a 37-year-old Palestinian cleaner in Tel Aviv, Palestinian sources reported.

The group of extremists hit Hassan Ausruf, from the city of Yafa in the center of the Palestinian 1948-occupied territories, with bottles on his head and all over his body while he was working in the Yarkon Street in the city of Tel Rabia (Tel Aviv), and then fled.

Ausruf’s wife said that when her husband asked the settlers why they were attacking him, they told him ‘because you’re an Arab’.

“They attacked him with whatever they could get their hands on, bottles and shards of glass and they inflicted serious wounds to his head and in one of his eyes,” she added.

Medical sources added that Ausruf was treated at Wolfson Medical Center for skull fractures and serious injury in his left eye and that he underwent a surgery in the head.

According to Palestinian sources, this incident shows the escalation of racist attacks by Jewish settlers on Palestinians from the 1948-occupied territories, because of the public and official incitement by extremist rabbis.

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Palestinian child in serious condition after being shot with silenced gun

BETHLEHEM, (PIC)– A Palestinian child, aged 13, sustained serious wounds during violent clashes on Monday between Palestinian young men and Israeli soldiers near Bilal Bin Rabah Mosque in Bethlehem city.

According to local sources, the child, Mohamed Al-Kurdi, was admitted to the operating room in Beit Jala hospital after he sustained life-threatening injuries in his back, liver and one of his feet.

They said the boy was shot with two live bullets from a silenced gun.

Another young man was also shot with live ammunition and suffered an injury described as bad in one of his feet during the clashes.

During the events, the young men hurled stones at the soldiers and torched a military tower near the entrance to Aida refugee camp.

Al-Khalil city also saw similar clashes in Bab Al-Zawiya and at the entrance to Al-Arroub refugee camp, while sporadic confrontations took place at the entrance of Beit Ainun that leads to Sa’eir town, the birthplace of slain prisoner Arafat Jaradat, whose death at the hands of Israeli interrogators a few days ago triggered widespread angry reactions in the occupied Palestinian lands.

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Palestinians face wide Judaization campaign in Silwan and Wadi Hilwa

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– The Palestinian residents of Wadi Hilwa and Silwan districts in occupied Jerusalem said the Israeli courts rejected all their complaints against the excavation and Judaization activities taking place in their areas.

They said the Israeli excavations in their area endanger their lives and their property, affirming that the IOA and its courts did not respond to their demands to form a committee to examine the dangers which the diggings constitute to the structure of their homes and buildings.

They also complained that the Jewish society known as Elad took the green light from the Israeli government to appropriate and purchase the Palestinian homes and property in Wadi Hilwa and Silwan districts, especially the historical ones.

They said that Elad society laid its hand on many Palestinian buildings and lands in these two areas using the absentee property custodian law, which had been devised by Britain during its mandate of Palestine.

Elad possesses enormous financial resources, mostly represented in funds given by wealthy donors in the US and Europe, not to mention the revenues that come from the tourists who visit the historical sites under its control in Silwan and Wadi Hilwa.

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AFEH: 100 settlers stormed Aqsa, IOF nabbed protesters

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– Around one hundred Jewish settlers broke into and desecrated the Aqsa mosque in occupied Jerusalem on Monday in two groups.

The Aqsa Foundation for Endowment and Heritage said in a statement on Tuesday that half of those settlers toured the holy site in the morning and the other half after the noon prayers.

It said that the settlers stormed the mosque under heavy security, adding that hundreds others reveled in the Buraq plaza in line with their festivals in which they called for breaking into the Aqsa.

AFEH warned that the Israeli occupation authorities were trying to empty the Aqsa mosque from worshipers especially the youth using various terrorizing means.

The foundation said that Jerusalemites and Palestinians of the 1948 occupied land would continue to flock to the holy site to defend it in face of desecration and storming attempts despite all restrictions.

The Israeli occupation forces, meanwhile, rounded up a number of Jerusalemite youths after severely beating them in the wake of protests against the settlers’ desecration of the Aqsa mosque.

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8 Jerusalemites rounded up in confrontations

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– Israeli occupation forces nabbed eight Jerusalemites in the Old City of occupied Jerusalem in the wake of violent confrontations near the Aqsa mosque on Monday.

Jerusalemite sources and eyewitnesses said that the soldiers quelled Palestinian youths who were protesting Jewish settlers’ provocations during a tour within the Aqsa mosque.

They said that the soldiers assaulted the Jerusalemite youths using batons and tasers before arresting eight of them, adding that the soldiers blocked entry of young men into the holy site.

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IOF soldiers storm school, arrest 18 students

NABLUS, (PIC)– Israeli occupation forces (IOF) stormed a secondary school in Til village, Nablus province, and arrested 18 students who were playing football in the school’s playground on Tuesday morning.

The Ahrar center for prisoners’ studies and human rights quoted an eyewitness as saying that the soldiers burst into the school and detained all those in the playground who were in the age category 17-19 years old.

The eyewitness said that the soldiers did not allow the youngsters to wear their ordinary clothes and took them away in the light sports clothes in such a cold weather.

Fuad Al-Khafsh, the center’s director, denounced the unjustified act and demanded immediate action to save the students. The school kids are reportedly held in the Hawara army camp to the south of Nablus.

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