Ramallah, 15 Rabiul Akhir 1434/ 25 February 2013 (MINA) – Palestinian Minister of Detainees, Issa Qaraqe’, reported on Sunday evening that the autopsy report of detainee Arafat Jaradat, who died Saturday at an Israeli interrogation facility, revealed that the detainee died due to extreme torture.
        In a joint press conference, held in the central West Bank city of Ramallah, with the head of the Palestinians Prisoners Society (PPS), Qaddoura Fares, Qaraqe’ said that the autopsy was conducted at the Abu Kabeer Forensic Facility.
        The body of Jaradat carried clear signs of torture such as bruises, blisters and under skin blood clots in the back, especially over his spinal cord, on the neck and on his left shoulder, in addition to signs of torture on the left side of his chest, bruised mouth and face.
       Qaraqe’ said that the autopsy also revealed that the slain detainee had a healthy heart, and healthy veins, in addition to the fact that there was no signs of a heart attack, an issue that contradicts the Israeli claim that Jaradat died of a heart attack.
       Dr. Saber Al-Aaloul will release the comprehensive report to the public Monday, Qaraqe’ added, according to www.immc.org reports monitored by Mi’raj News Agency (MINA), Monday.
        The Minister of Detainees said that this is a war crime committed against the detainee, and added that Israel must be held accountable to its crimes.


Jaradat family confirms the presence of bruises and blood on Arafat’s body

        Sources from the family of the martyr Arafat Jaradat, from the town of Sa’ir northeast of al-Khalil, confirmed the presence of bruises and blood on various parts of Arafat’s body, which confirms that he was killed under torture.
        The sources told PIC’s reporter that Mohammed, Arafat’s brother told the family members that there are bruises and blood on different parts of his brother’s body as a result of being beaten and tortured during the interrogation, which contradicts the occupation’s claim that his brother died from a heart attack.
       Human rights organizations and the martyr’s family demanded the formation of a commission of inquiry to uncover the circumstances of the assassination of Jaradat.
       Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said on Sunday during a rally at the Unknown Soldier Square in Gaza City that his movement will resort to all means to liberate all Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails.
       For his part; Dr. Atallah Abu Subbah, the Minister of prisoners’ affairs, called on Fatah movement to return to the option of resistance and release the resistance fighters in the occupied West Bank in order to deter the occupation and stop its crimes against the prisoners.
       Abu Subbah emphasized that kidnapping Israeli soldiers is the most successful way to liberate the Palestinian prisoners from the occupation jails, pointing out that the negotiations are futile and gave nothing for the prisoners and the Palestinian cause.
       Mazen Fuqaha, the spokesman for the captive movement, warned of the possibility of the death of other prisoners under the international silence regarding the Israeli abuses.
       He called for an urgent intervention to save the lives of the hunger striking prisoners who have been suffering in the occupation jails, before it is too late.
       Fuqaha noted that the occupation deprives the prisoners of their basic rights, calling on the Palestinian people to launch a new uprising for the support of the captives.
       Palestinian prisoner Arafat Shailesh Jaradat, 30, died in the Israeli Megiddo prison, six days after his arrest. (T/P02/E1)

Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)

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