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Whitewashing Israeli Murder by Torture

Israel tortures Palestinian prisoners.

by Stephen Lendman

Torture is official Israeli policy. It's longstanding. Palestinian suffering explains best. Thousands every year are subjected to cruel and inhumane treatment. Their physical and emotional scars bear witness.

Accountability is long overdue. Arafat Jaradat is Israel's latest victim. Israel tortured him to death. His body bore clear signs. Autopsy evidence proved it.

Severe upper body bruising, blisters, and blot clots were visible. Multiple broken bones in his neck, ribs, spine, arms and legs were discovered.

Israel initially attributed his death to cardiac arrest. On February 28, Haaretz headlined "Death of Palestinian in Israeli jail not due to abuse or poisoning, autopsy finds."

Israel's Health Ministry said so. It lied. Alleged findings turned truth on its head. Institute of Forensic Medicine officials said Jaradat's cause of death remains undetermined. 

Chief pathologist, Dr. Yehuda Hiss, conducted the autopsy. Israeli Health Ministry head, Arnon Afek, witnessed it. 

PA chief pathologist, Dr. Saber Aloul was there at the time. His assessment was blunt. Jaradat's body bore clear signs of torture, he said. 

Shin Bet interrogators tortured him to death. They were caught red-handed. They denied culpability. Lies and coverup define Israeli policy. They follow all Israeli crimes.

Jaradat was in good health when arrested. Days later he was dead. Israel bears full responsibility.

More tests are being conducted. Final results are expected in about another two weeks. Health Ministry officials claimed bruises and broken bones were "characteristic of findings of a resuscitation."

Israel Prison Service and Magen David Adom medical personnel spent "50 minutes in an effort to save" him.

Perhaps they beat him to death trying. Israel notoriously whitewashes truths. Officials are paid to lie. Death by torture killed Jaradat. He was murdered in cold blood.

"Who killed Arafat Jaradat," asked Gideon Levy ? Knowing is as simple as saying Shin Bet. His death became "a national symbol." Hopefully he didn't die in vain.

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This article has been posted as an UPDATE to Vanun... by eileen fleming on Monday, Mar 4, 2013 at 3:59:09 PM