HEBRON (Ma’an) — Thousands of mourners on Monday attended the funeral of Arafat Jaradat who died two days earlier in Israeli custody.
Jaradat, 30, died in Israel’s Megiddo prison a week after he was detained. An autopsy showed he died from severe torture, Palestinian officials said Sunday.
Gunmen from the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades fired in the air in Sair village, Jaradat’s hometown, as thousands marched with his body. Jaradat’s mother and pregnant wife collapsed at the funeral. “We sacrifice our souls and blood for you, our martyr” mourners chanted.
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.
More than 202 detainees died or were killed in Israeli prisons since 1967; dozens of detainees also died after they were released due to diseases they encountered in prison or due to complications resulting from extreme torture and bad conditions in prisons.(x)