6 Broken Bones

Yesterday, a Palestinian detainee in Megiddo prison died of an apparent heart attack, and resuscitation attempts didn’t help.

Arafat JaradatArafat Jaradat, a 29-year-old Palestinian detainee, died at theMegiddo Prison on Saturday for a reason yet unknown. It is suspected the cause of death was a cardiac arrest.

A statement issued by the Shin Bet said that Jaradat was arrested last week on suspicion he hurled stones at an Israeli civilian during Operation Pillar of Defense. On Saturday, he fell ill and medics were unable to save him. Police launched an investigation. Jaradat’s family was notified immediately after his death.

Investigators have already started collecting testimonies from guards at the prison and those in contact with Jaradat before his death. Defense officials have offered Palestinian Authority officials to be involved  in the autopsy, if one is conducted, and said they will be updated on the investigation.

The anti-Israel groups were quick to condemn Israel without knowing what happened, basing their claims on a rumour propagated by Palestinian officials that he died while being interrogated by the Shin Bet.

And as usual, disgraced BBC Gaza and West Bank Correspondent Jon Donnison pulled a Jon Donnison:

Today, there were riots across Judea and Samaria, and an autopsy was done on behalf of practically everyone. The preliminary results are inconclusive as of yet, apart from 2 broken ribs. This is the official response from the Israeli Ministry of Health:

This afternoon (Sunday, 24 February 2013), at the National Center for Forensic Medicine, an autopsy was performed on the body of Arafat Jaradat by Prof. Yehuda Hiss, in the presence of Prof. Arnon Afek, Director of the Health Administration at the Ministry of Health, and Palestinian pathologist Dr. Saber Aloul. During the autopsy, no signs of external trauma were found apart from those pertaining to resuscitation [attempts] and a small graze on the right side of his chest. No evidence of disease was found during the autopsy. Two internal hemorrhages were detected, one on the shoulder and one on the right side of the chest. Two ribs were broken, which may indicate resuscitation attempts. The initial findings cannot determine the cause of death. At this stage, until microscopic and toxicology reports are in, the cause of death cannot be tied to the autopsy findings.”

Enter the Palestinian propaganda.

 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.

The full autopsy report will be completed in two weeks, which is 14 days too late. Already we have one sided reports such as the Guardian, which even interviewed his lawyer (gee, I bet he’s really objective and has no incentive to lie).

Kameel Sabbagh, a lawyer who attended Jaradat’s last hearing on Thursday, has claimed that he had advised the Israeli Judge that his client had been tortured and should be examined by the prison doctor. According to Sabbagh, this did not happen.

“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,” Sabbagh told Ma’an news agency. Sabbagh’s notes from the court hearing describe his client as “extremely afraid” of returning to his cell.

A rumour that he had been beaten to death during an interrogation spread quickly through Hebron on Sunday where hundreds of protesters clashed with Israeli soldiers for the second day running in the streets kilometres from Jaradat’s home.

“When the soldiers came to arrest him last week, they told him say goodbye to your wife and your babies, you won’t be seeing them again,” said Mohamed Hashlamon, 58, as he watched masked Palestinian youths hurl concrete blocks from the roof above his home in downtown Hebron to arm themselves with the rubble.

This has all the hallmarks of a second Al-Dura case, or at least an Israeli best documentary Oscar nomination. Israel is guilty until proven innocent, and in this case, the charges are thrown without even a full autopsy report.

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  • Jim from Iowa

    Anyone staying up late for the Oscar’s “Best Documentary” award? Not that interested in the broken cameras film, but would like to see “The Gatekeepers.”

  • http://Values. Jack

    The “religion of the perpetually offended” is at it again. Save us. Really! A cold drink of water and the truth would cause these people to die of cardiac arrest with no symptoms other than thirst.
    I know there are good people in the Muslim world, but if they continually allow themselves to be used like this it doesn’t matter.

  • cba

    “Israel is guilty until proven innocent”

    I’m sorry, that’s simply not true.

    Israel is guilty even after proven innocent.

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  • walt kovacs

    if they are gonna claim that israel tortures and kills,no matter what the evidence…do it

    the guy was named after a filthy, child raping murderer…for that alone he needed to have his head bashed in, just so he wouldnt breed

  • spindok

    I am actually concerned that a new intifada is on the way. Any excuse would do and this one is as good as any for what Abbas and Hamas have in mind.
    The anti Israel world will never accept that he died of natural causes.

    • Judge Dan

      Hamas figures in Gaza are openly calling for a 3rd intifada, Abbas claims Israel is heightening tensions by torturing inmates.

      Last time they went on a terror craze, the separation barrier didn’t exist. All I can say is, if they want an intifada, Molon Labe. Israel will have the upper hand again, and any advances they made in the past 5 years will go down the drain.

      • Jim from Iowa

        I would hate to see such a thing, no matter how well prepared the IDF is. Innocent Israelis will be hurt and killed. Abbas needs to get back in charge and put a stop to this. Even the pathetic leadership of the PA must know that another uprising will only hurt Palestinians.

    • Norman B.

      If there is another intifada, I hope this time Israel takes no prisoners. Dead terrorists are no bargaining chip and their intelligence value is overrated, since there are plenty of Arabs whose hands are clean that would happily rat on their oppressive and thieving masters and their goons if given anonymity. After all, how else is Khaled Abu Toameh able to write exposes of the dirt on Palestinian leadership whose accuracy goes unchallenged?

  • Joey

    Well actually, Israel is an illegal state and thus no reports on behalf of Israel should ever be regarded as “just.” This incident needs to be reviewed by an international and impartial (from Jewish/American or Arab)influences. I am afraid that there are many more people out there like you, who do not know much about the dark history of Israel. I am too tired to get into it but all I can tell you is that you need to step back, look at the situation, and ask why. Remember that the goal in mind is truth; it is not to prove your view. Peace to you.

    • Judge Dan

      “Well actually, Israel is an illegal state…”

      Stopped reading right there.

    • BigHabsFan

      Illegal state? Prove it you troll! What is illegal is the war imposed against Israel by the Jordanians who now go by the pseudonym of Palestinians. Palestinians were invented as yet another means to delegitimize Israel, the ancestral homeland of ONLY the JEWS!

  • Joey

    Of course you stopped reading; all ignorant people do. But instead of reading my comments, why don’t you read Albert Einstein’s view on Israel?

    • Norman B.

      And you are an illegal human being.

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  • Joey

    [I am posting propaganda on this site and will have my ass banned and handed back to me on a platter]

  • Spindok

    You have gone beyond logic Joey. You are running on pure emotion.

    Fracture patterns and internal injury from CPR are very different from those from a beating resulting in death. I know because I actually do this as a part of my work. I do not have the direct case in front of me and if I did you would dismiss it anyway.

    In this case a Palestinian pathologist was present at the autopsy. Israel has offered to have someone from the international community review the case. What else do you want? Nothing, you have already decided.

    Last thing I would like to see (this is called bias in science Joey and we all have it) is that this guy was beat to death. My inner scientist tells me that is possible. So give me evidence. But you have already dismissed anything like that so the discussion ends.

  • Spindok

    One more thing then I make chicken leftover dinner and one more gass of wine from the illegal Golan heights.

    Illegal State is a tautology. You cannot be both. Yet the vineyards are excellent and the popke there both Jews and Arabs are safe and secure tonight whatever is happening over the border.

  • cba

    Reasonable people can disagree about whether certain of Israel’s actions are correct, but the moment someone starts claiming that Israel is putting Palestinians into concentration camps and killing Palestinians because they believe they’re superior to them, then that person has clearly demonstrated that they are (at best) incredibly ignorant or (more likely) incredibly bigoted and hate-filled.

  • Norman B.

    We look good enough in comparison to your Jew hating racist rantings.

  • Joey

    Jew hating racist rantings? And you’re defending Israel? Oh man, you really are something else.

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