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Israeli Murder by Torture

Israel tortured political prisoner Arafat Jaradat to death.

by Stephen Lendman

Torture is official Israeli policy. It's longstanding. All Palestinians are fair game. Wanting to live free leaves them vulnerable. More on what demands condemnation below.

Thirty-year old Arafat Jaradat is Israel's latest victim. PA chief pathologist Saber Aloul attended his autopsy. Marks on his body provided clear evidence. He died from torture.

He was married with two young children. In June, his wife Dalal expects another. She's on her own to survive.

In early February, Israel lawlessly arrested her husband. Family members confirmed he was in good health at the time. He was taken to Jalameh Detention Center. He was transferred to Megiddo Prison.

Israel tortured him to death. Since 1967, dozens of Palestinians died the same way. They did so in prison. Some succumbed after release. A combination of torture and harsh prison conditions bears full responsibility. It's standard Israeli practice.

Israel's Prison Service said Jaradat died from "cardiac arrest." Its spokeswoman lied. PA minister in charge of prisoner affairs, Issa Qaraqaa , said he was killed during interrogation.

"We demand the creation of an international commission of inquiry to probe the circumstances of his death," he added.

"Our information was that Jaradat was being interrogated and then he died. Therefore we call for an international investigation into his death, that may have resulted from torture."

Dalal said an Israeli intelligence officer brought Jaradat back home. He did so after his arrest. He told him to bid farewell to his children.

"For that reason I was worried," she said. "My husband was detained several times before, but this time the officer talked in a bizarre way."

Attorney Kamil Sabbagh represented Jaradat. He complained of severe pain. He blamed it on harsh interrogation practices. It's brutal enough to kill. Israel doesn't care if Palestinians live or die. 

B'tselem 's February 23 press release headlined "Investigation of Palestinian detainee's death in custody must include full circumstances."

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