Thousands attend funeral of Arafat Jaradat , who was killed two days earlier in an Israeli jail .
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.
Large numbers of Israeli forces deployed around Sair and imposed extensive restrictions on the entrances to Hebron and nearby villages.
Israeli forces fired tear gas at protesters in al-Arrub refugee camp and in Beit Einun. An Israeli military spokeswoman said forces fired riot dispersal means at Palestinians who threw stones at soldiers.
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Tensions are rising following the death of a Palestinian in Israeli prison and a settler attack on a Palestinian village, which took place despite the fact that IDF soldiers were on the scene. Indifference to the Palestinian issue and lack of progress on the ground are building up frustration and anger among Palestinians
Arafat had just turned 30 years old. He is from Sa’eer, a village near Hebron. He is married and has two young children, a three year old and a two year old. Arafat and his wife Dalal were expecting their third child in June , He was in his first year at Al Quds Open University.
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)
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