Autopsy reveals Arafat Jaradat died of extreme torture in Israeli custody

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Father of Arafat Jaradat, after identifying his son’s tortured body, Abu Kabir Forensic Institute, Feb. 24,2013 (Photo: Yotam Ronen/Activestills.org)

Ma’an News reports Arafat Jaradat died of extreme torture.

Minister: Autopsy shows torture killed Jaradat:

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — An autopsy has revealed that Arafat Jaradat died of extreme torture in Israeli custody and did not have a cardiac arrest, the PA Minister of Detainee Affairs said Sunday.

At a news conference in Ramallah, Issa Qaraqe said an autopsy conducted in Israel in the presence of Palestinian officials revealed that 30-year-old Jaradat had six broken bones in his neck, spine, arms and legs.

“The information we have received so far is shocking and painful. The evidence corroborates our suspicion that Mr. Jaradat died as a result of torture, especially since the autopsy clearly proved that the victim’s heart was healthy, which disproves the initial alleged account presented by occupation authorities that he died of a heart attack,” Qaraqe said……

The minister said Jaradat had sustained injuries and severe bruising in the upper right back area and severe bruises of sharp circular shape in the right chest area….. 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…Palestinian Prisoners Society president Qaddura Fares added that the autopsy revealed seven injuries to the inside of Jaradat’s lower lip, bruises on his face and blood on his nose…… heart was in good condition and there were no signs of bruising or stroke, the minister added.

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“Jaradat died due to torture and not a stroke or heart attack,” he said, adding that those responsible must be sued either through Interpol or the International Criminal Court.

Jaradat’s lawyer Kameel Sabbagh said he was tortured by Israeli interrogators. ……”When I entered the courtroom I saw Jaradat sitting on a wooden chair in front of the judge. His back was hunched and he looked sick and fragile,” Sabbagh said in a statement Sunday.

“When I sat next to him he told me that he had serious pains in his back and other parts of his body because he was being beaten up and hanged for many long hours while he was being investigated..When Jaradat heard that the judge postponed his hearing he seemed extremely afraid…..”

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  1. Egbert
    February 24, 2013, 4:14 pm

    Israel is very skilled at using methods of torture that leave no marks. The injuries inflicted on Jaradat seem to be blatantly obvious. The obvious conclusion is that Israel wanted the torture to be detected. Why? To provoke a violent response just before, or even better, during Obama’s visit? Israel would love a violent intifada to occur so they can bring out the full ‘Poor Little Defenseless Israel’ schtick.

    • Annie Robbins
      February 24, 2013, 4:27 pm

      that thought definitely crossed my mind egbert.

      link to mondoweiss.net

      • SQ Debris
        March 14, 2013, 2:51 am

        Watch Bertolucci’s Rome Open City . Pay particular attention to the officer who says, “Cause of Death? Heart Failure.” Israel isn’t even writing it’s own material anymore. Bertolucci ought to get royalties.

    • Maximus Decimus Meridius
      February 24, 2013, 4:30 pm

      I suspect you may be right.

      According to Jaradat’s family, the IDF kidnappers also told him something along the lines of ‘Say goodbye to your children. You wont’ be seeing them again’. It does appear that this was premeditated, for reasons which go beyond pure sadism (though that can never be ruled out with the IDF). When you put this alongside Israel making the big gesture of handing over the tax revenues they had stolen from the PA, and basically saying this was a bribe for them to calm down the protests in the West Bank, you do get the impression that Israel is deliberately trying to provoke another intifada, to provide cover for god knows what.

      • Maximus Decimus Meridius
        February 24, 2013, 4:53 pm

        Then there’s also the fact that a Palestinian doctor was present at the autopsy. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I do not believe Israel makes a practice of inviting Palestinians to such procedures. It’s almost as though they were hoping that the fact that they’d tortured a man to death would be announced to the world. Yes, the more I think about it, the more it seems that Israel is deliberately trying to stir up an intifada to make themselves appear the victim. Just when you thought they couldn’t sink any lower, they surprise you. Again.

      • American
        February 25, 2013, 8:09 am

        “When you put this alongside Israel making the big gesture of handing over the tax revenues they had stolen from the PA, and basically saying this was a bribe for “…Maximus

        Israel renigged on that….they haven’t handed over the tax money to Palestine according to latest news on it last week.

    • marc b.
      February 24, 2013, 6:55 pm

      that’s a reasonable question, egbert, but even shin bet loses its temper. as much as i used believe in the superior quality of the IDF and israeli intelligence, they are seemingly increasingly sloppy and lazy.

      • ToivoS
        February 24, 2013, 10:03 pm

        Marcb: i used believe in the superior quality of the IDF and israeli intelligence, they are seemingly increasingly sloppy and lazy.

        I too believed in their “superior quality” but I do not think what is now happening is because they are now sloppy and lazy. The first generation of Israelis were born and educated in Europe and the US. They were sensitive to many values that we associate with Western Civilization. They knew that when they violated those values (ethnic cleansing, assassinations, torture, second class status for non-Jews) they had to hide their actions under a variety of justifications or outright lies. Today the IDF and intelligence are manned by 3rd or 4th generation Israelis. Those values today are just not part of their education and are being lost to the entire culture. They were raised in a society at war led by warriors where those Western values became an inconvenience. They are led by people that have the single goal of conquering and suppressing another people. If the first generation of Israelis felt that those values needed to be addressed, the latest generation find them a burden to even think about.

        Israeli society has reached the point that they have only one goal and that is conquering more land. If the West finds that unacceptable than so be it. Israelis do not care. And there is no need for them to care because the world’s only super power will back them no matter what they do.

        In any case they are not being sloppy, they are simply expressing values that logically follow from 60 years of nonstop militarism and war. Whoever tortured Jaraded to death was likely some lower ranking NCO or CO at the captain or major level that had not yet taken any courses in international public relations and only did what came naturally to him or her.

      • Avi_G.
        February 24, 2013, 11:54 pm

        marc b.

        First off, I highly recommend anyone interested in the subject to review the facts surrounding the Landau Commission of 1987.

        Second, I’m certain many are familiar with the Shaken Baby Syndrome or Shaken Infant Syndrome.

        Israel has over the years perfected a torture method based on the same principle. B’tselem, for example, reports that the Israeli Shabak uses torture as a “bureaucratic routine.”

        Third, from 1995:

        By Jennifer Thompson

        An Israeli law to legalise torture in the Occupied Territories and Israel came into effect in October [1995]. In addition, on October 20, the Israeli government commission charged with overseeing the interrogation of Palestinian political prisoners extended, for another three months, permission for interrogators to use “special measures” beyond “moderate physical pressure”.

        [...]

        The new law comes in the wake of a revived debate, by Israel’s General Security Services (Shabak), on the use of torture.

        In October 1994, Prime Minister Yitzak Rabin and Shabak demanded government permission to introduce a “gloves off” policy for interrogating prisoners.

        According to Amnesty International, Shabak interrogation methods include: “beatings all over the body, often … on sensitive areas such as the genitals; hooding with dirty sacks; sleep and food deprivation … in solitary confinement; prolonged shackling in painful positions; and confinement in small dark cells”. The Israeli human rights organisation B’Tselem reports that such techniques are “usually used in combination”.

        Palestinian human rights organisations Al-Haq and the Palestinian Human Rights Information Centre (PHRIC) have reported the use of electric shock, sexual assaults and threats of rape of the victim and his or her mother or sister, as techniques used during interrogations.

        Most Palestinians arrested are victims of torture. Eyad Al-Sarraj, a medical psychiatrist working for Gaza Community Mental Health Program, interviewed 500 people arrested in the Gaza Strip in 1993.

        “A large majority … were tortured by beating (96.5%), extreme cold (92%), extreme [heat] (75.8%), standing for long periods (91.3%), suffocation (69.3%), deprivation of food (76.5%), solitary confinement (85.3%), sleep deprivation (71.5%), intense noise (81.5%), forced witnessing of others’ torture (72.3%), and applying pressure on testicles (47.3%). Other methods include electric shocks (5.3%), irritant gas (15%), and pushing instruments inside the penis or rectum (7.8%).”

        Prisoner Abed Samed Harizat died in January from a “shaking” torture. Shabak’s use of this torture method is not new but Harizat’s death was not able to be passed off as a “work accident” and it was publicly acknowledged that he had been tortured to death. By August, there were another three “work accidents”. The government commission, which included three Labor ministers (including Rabin) and the Meretz minister Yossi Sarid, looked into Harizat’s death and found that such “accidents” could not be defended in court. The commission, which was divided over Shabak’s methods, reached a compromise. According to Ha’Aretz newspaper, from August 15 “special permission” for “special treatment” of prisoners would be continued for two months. The “shaking” method would not be abolished, but would require case-by-case authorisation.

        The new law ensures Shabak’s torture methods will now be legally defensible.

        See also:

        link to btselem.org

        Since the [Landau] commission submitted its recommendations, in 1987, GSS interrogators have tortured thousands of detainees, intentionally inflicting severe pain and suffering. The torture was neither extraordinary nor limited to “ticking bombs.” Quite the opposite; torture was a bureaucratic routine: there was standard equipment for inflicting torture, and careful recording of the times the pain and suffering were inflicted. Even the state’s response in petitions against torture repeated, paragraph after paragraph, the routine justification for what were supposedly extraordinary acts. Supervision of the GSS did not succeed in preventing torture in Israel from becoming routine, systematic, and institutionalized.

        Many of those interrogated were subsequently released without being charged with an offense or were administratively detained, indicating their innocence. Many interrogees, whom the GSS defined as “ticking bombs,” were tortured during interrogations on weekdays, while on weekends, when the interrogators did not work, the “bombs” stopped “ticking” until Sunday, when the process started over again.

        Note: the above information should not be misconstrued to mean that Israel was not using torture prior to 1987. It was. However, the government did not fully and officially grapple with that reality until the late 1980s.

        For example, consider the 1984 Bus 300 incident in which Shabak agents executed a man AFTER he was placed under arrest and in the custody of the Shabak.

      • marc b.
        February 25, 2013, 8:45 am

        good points, both, toivo and aviG.

        regarding torture as a interrogation tactic though, i don’t see how you could conclude that jaradat was being interrogated. it doesn’t appear that pressuring him for information was an integral part of the plan. it seems to me that they either intended to kill him from the start, for whatever reason, or that the ‘interrogation’ was punishment rather than part of an investigation, and the sadists were overzealous.

    • piotr
      February 24, 2013, 9:33 pm

      Was it a special provocation? Highly doubtful.

      Jaradat was not “tortured” but beaten to death. Clearly, people who conduct these types of interrogation have to like their jobs, after all, they are not forced to do it. Thus every so often things may go out of hands. Moreover, the same kind of beating applied to 100 prisoners may kill one of them but not the rest. Beating up people is dangerous and unreliable, but it has the benefit of deniability for the higher up: worst come to worst, it will be the fault of the grunts who did it, and not of the command chain that demanded it (usually without printed record).

      To provoke a violent response you can use a quick technique with immediate results, for example snipers. If you want a modicum of deniability, use grenade launchers with gas cannister (in arms catalogue they are termed “less lethal ammunition” but if you aim well, they can be lethal). Death threats during an interrogation of Palestinians may be routine.

      One could equally well conjecture that GoI chose a method to start releasing tax money they owe to PA without loosing face to their own extremists. But more probably they found themseves with the pants down.

    • kalithea
      February 25, 2013, 1:45 am

      The provocation and “poor us Zionist victims” started around 1947 and has been going on non-stop since. It’s the most conniving strategy/excuse Zionists have for getting rid of Palestinians.

    • Mustafa Afana
      February 25, 2013, 3:33 pm

      agree!

  2. gamal
    February 24, 2013, 4:17 pm

    “When Jaradat heard that the judge postponed his hearing he seemed extremely afraid…..”

    if only Dimadok had been there to reassure him.

    • Bumblebye
      February 24, 2013, 4:37 pm

      The zio-creeps will likely hide from this thread, unless one of them thinks up a novel form of denial. They certainly won’t denounce any IOF thugs.

      • seafoid
        February 24, 2013, 5:47 pm

        Torturing prisoners (who have not been charged) to death is very Lavrenti Beria. I wan’t aware that 2 millenia of Jews had prayed for a Lavrenti Beria style Jerusalem. If my right hand should forget Lavrenti…

        But perhaps I just misinterpreted. Maybe they would have wanted it .

    • thankgodimatheist
      February 24, 2013, 8:34 pm

      “if only Dimadok had been there to reassure him.”
      The fact that this bot didn’t show on this thread speaks volume about this lousy character.

  3. Maximus Decimus Meridius
    February 24, 2013, 4:17 pm

    Am watching Al Jazeera English now and this story is way down the line – behind the Italian elections, the Pope’s farewell speech and the scandal over a British cardinal. Although the report itself was quite good, it was fairly brief, with no interviews or live coverage.

    Seems like my theory was correct – Al J is toning down its coverage of Palestine in an effort to get American approval.

    • Cliff
      February 24, 2013, 5:26 pm

      Didn’t Haim Saban say he was investing in AJE?

      If Zionist money gets involved then it will certainly tone down it’s Palestinian coverage.

    • Bumblebye
      February 24, 2013, 5:52 pm

      Israel is already trying to explain away some of the injuries:
      “The Israeli ministry of health released a statement after the autopsy, saying that preliminary findings had not been able to determine the cause of death but that bruising and broken ribs were likely the result of resuscitation attempts.”

      link to aljazeera.com

      The report from Ma’an says ribs two and three were broken.
      Isn’t it more likely that middle to lower ribs may have been harmed by resus attempts?

      • Accentitude
        February 25, 2013, 4:58 am

        Clearly the best way to resuscitate a person, and get air into his lungs, is to get a 250lb Shin Bet Behemoth to stop on his ribs repeatedly.

    • NickJOCW
      February 25, 2013, 8:46 am

      You may being a bit unfair to al Jazeera, seven hours after the broadcast you heard they published this:

      What the final autopsy did find, however, was that Jaradat had been pummelled by repeated blows to his chest and body and had sustained a total of six broken bones in his spine, arms and legs; his lips lacerated; his face badly bruised.

      link to aljazeera.com

      with an internal link to link to maannews.net

      However appalling the circumstances, their iniquity flows on in the absence of any similar coverage from US media. Just look at the way the LA Times covers it, as if shrugging their shoulders over an unverifiable and possibly exaggerated rumour so their coverage is not of what happened but of Palestinian officials claiming something happened. Well, you know those Palestinians.

      Palestinian Prisoner Affairs Minister Issa Qaraqi said Jaradat’s body was bruised and showed signs of being beaten on the chest, back, arms and mouth.

      link to latimes.com

  4. Obsidian
    February 24, 2013, 4:42 pm

    The Health Ministry on Sunday said the autopsy showed “no signs of external trauma.”

    In a statement, the ministry echoed the Palestinian account of the post mortum, saying that “two ribs were broken,” but added that the broken bones may indicate resuscitation attempts.

    “No signs of external trauma were found apart from those pertaining to resuscitation [attempts] and a small graze on the right side of his chest,” the Health Ministry stated.

    Yes. Resuscitation of cardiac arrest can result in broken ribs.

    • Cliff
      February 24, 2013, 8:59 pm

      Coming from you pudzio666.

      It means nothing.

      The logical explanation is that he was tortured to death. That’s because Israel regularly tortures Palestinians.

    • Avi_G.
      February 25, 2013, 12:08 am

      Obsidian,

      The problem is that you think this forum is filled with ignorant, hapless saps. It is not. This is one of the few forums online where the vast majority of the commenters are highly educated, knowledgeable and smart.

      By the way, you might want to brush up on your Shabak torture methods and read up a little about the technique known as Shaking (Or Wiplash), Ni’oor.

      Have you ever heard of the Shaken Baby Syndrome? Look it up, then come back and lecture everyone about “no signs” this and that.

      • Obsidian
        February 25, 2013, 12:56 am

        Question: How does ‘shaking’ break ribs or induce cardiac arrest?

        Answer: It doesn’t.

      • Cliff
        February 25, 2013, 8:48 am

        Arafat dies in custody. His face was a mess. He had broken ribs. The IDF has a track record of torture. Israeli legalized torture.

        Occam’s razor. He died due to IDF torture. Not spontaneous Palestinian combustion.

        Proudzionist666 defers to the IDF just like Southern White racists (stereotype but effective here) defer to the police of the South and their attack dogs.

      • Avi_G.
        February 25, 2013, 10:25 am

        Obsidian says:
        February 25, 2013 at 12:56 am

        Question: How does ‘shaking’ break ribs or induce cardiac arrest?

        Answer: It doesn’t.

        I never claimed it did. You’re the one who came up with that theory.

      • Ellen
        February 25, 2013, 11:48 pm

        There is no evidence at all that the death of this young man was due to cardiac arrest. So what are you talking about?

    • kalithea
      February 25, 2013, 1:31 am

      “Yes. Resuscitation of cardiac arrest can result in broken ribs.”

      OF COURRRRRRSE it can! Here’s how: beat to a pulp until victim passes out, resuscitate, beat to a pulp until victim passes out, resuscitate again, beat to a pulp until victim passes out and resuscitate again and again and again to beat the hell out of him…until he FINALLY DIES.

      You get 1st prize for “the truth emerging from the most unlikely orifice!:

    • Inanna
      February 25, 2013, 3:03 am

      Resuscitation of cardiac arrest can result in broken ribs.

      Yes that is true. But the problem is that you don’t place your hands on the second or third rib to resuscitate someone. In a male for example you are taught to place your heel of your palm in the center of the chest between the nipples. That’s at the 6-7th rib. It’s highly unlikely you would break the 2nd rib. And I’m assuming that police and military personnel, like in many other countries, are required to do regular refresher courses in first aid so they would know what to do.

      • Obsidian
        February 25, 2013, 3:17 pm

        ” It’s highly unlikely you would break the 2nd rib”

        True.
        But it is also highly unlikely that two pathologists should vary so on the number of broken bones and the locations of the breaks.

        One of the pathologists is lying.

      • Annie Robbins
        February 25, 2013, 3:32 pm

        Obsidian, could you link to the conflicting report that says it was his others ribs that were broken, i have not read it. thanks.

        edit, i read somewhere earlier it was the same pathologist whose past reputation for messing with corpses (including rachel corrie’s) is legendary.
        link to en.wikipedia.org

        Yehuda (also, Jehuda) Hiss (born c. 1946) was the chief pathologist at the Abu Kabir Institute of Forensic Medicine

        not the most moral guy around.

      • Obsidian
        February 25, 2013, 3:48 pm

        You might be interested to know that the second and third ribs are high up on the ribcage, where cardiac recusitation pressure would be applied.

        Google Images if you don’t believe me.

      • ToivoS
        February 25, 2013, 10:24 pm

        OK obsidian you seem to be the expert in interpreting pathology reports. Today it is not heart attack (medically described as cardiac infarction or thrombosis). Now it is cardiac arrest. This is a term that is used used to describe dozens of different causes of death, like often a person dies (i.e his heart stops beating) and the proximal cause of death is not known, then cardiac arrest will have to suffice.

        But here is the problem for you. If he died of cardiac arrest, which means his heart stopped beating then he had no blood pressure. The subject had hematomas (i.e. bruises). Where did those come from if he was in cardiac arrest? Bruises occur after trauma while the subject still has blood pressure. Are you trying to tell us that he was in cardiac arrest and retained blood pressure? Not sure that will work.

    • Freija
      February 25, 2013, 12:17 pm

      at first shin bet breaks the bones of the Palestinian stone throwers and then it breaks still more bones in resuscitation attempts. Those mad men of shin bet had to break bones at every moment with the imagination of breaking the whole palestinian resistance against oppression and dispossession. Three generations of stone throwers and bone breakers (killers protected by the Jewish state). The Jewish state try to get out the last drops of the sheet of victimhood. The Goebbel’s like Jewish propaganda machine is now running out of time, as it is with the smearing of antisemitism. There is no eternity for such deceit.

  5. yonah fredman
    February 24, 2013, 4:58 pm

    the israelis are blind to the fact that in short range, long range, things are f***ed up. not sure if that’s so true, but let’s leave it at that. obama’s visit and molotov cocktails might go together like peas and carrots, not sure yet. this torture death did not help matters. how often is there a torture death? not often. why now? carelessness? coincidence? maybe israel wants molotov cocktails and doesn’t want an obama visit. who knows.

    coalition talks are about to get down to the nitty gritty. lots of political talk at purim table this evening where i sat. who did you vote for? they ask. didn’t know who i’d vote for til i got into the voting booth some of them say. but of course you people don’t want to hear about the jim crow nazis, so i’ll spare you.

    • Avi_G.
      February 25, 2013, 12:18 am

      yonah fredman says:
      February 24, 2013 at 4:58 pm

      how often is there a torture death? not often.

      That isn’t saying much.

      B’tselem report that the Israeli Shabak (Not including the military) torture, on average, about 850 Palestinians a year.

      But torture isn’t required in order for Israel to kill Palestinians as the case of 16-year-old Samir Awad — among thousands of others — showed on January 15, 2013.

      link to btselem.org

      the israelis are blind to the fact that in short range, long range, things are f***ed up

      Israel knows quite well that it’s long-term goal is to exterminate Palestinians. But it cannot come out and publicly say so in this day and age.

      From the get go, whether it was through Ben-Gurion’s Plan D (Tochnit Dalet) or public statements he and other Israeli leaders made in 1967, it was clear what Israel had — and has — in store for Palestinians.

      • Accentitude
        February 25, 2013, 5:14 am

        71 confirmed “torture deaths” since the 1967 war….that we are publicly aware of.

        but….that’s nothing compared to 1,300 civilian murders in Cast Lead….4,000 civilian murders in Intifada part deux, and 103 civilian murders (UN numbers) in Pillar of Smoke.

        Up until 2011, the Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs stated that 6,565 Palestinians were murdered (my term, not theirs. They use “killed” but lets be honest here, these are murders) by the Israelis since the outbreak of the 2nd Intifada and that over 30,600 were wounded. These numbers were corroborated by the Palestinian Center for Human Rights. 1,355 of those deaths were children (242 between the ages of 0-8 years old, 220 between 9 & 12, 432 between 13-15, and 441 between 16-17 years old). Those last numbers were also confirmed by DCI Palestine.

        Since June 1967, the Israeli government has arrested over 700,000 Palestinians. These numbers have since gone up.

        Currently, though, there are around 4,500 in Israeli Prisons, not including those we are unaware of (of those 4,500, 4,000 were currently on hunger strike as of 2 days ago). According to the Treatment and Rehabilitation Center for Victims of Torture in Ramallah, over 80% of those prisoners have been tortured, either physically or psychologically.

        But I guess none of that means anything to Mr. Fredman. After all Israel is a perpetual “state of emergency” as it often claims of itself and that gives it the right to circumvent international laws in order to maintain its own “security.” Arafat Jaradat was just one more person who was murdered in order to maintain that security, huh Fredman?

      • yonah fredman
        February 25, 2013, 2:18 pm

        Accentitude- It’s difficult to tell whether my lack of clarity is the cause of your misunderstanding of me or whether your expectation that I was saying something “Zionist” was the cause of your misunderstanding, but you misunderstood me.

        Torture when a suspect is aware of a ticking bomb is a situation that deserves scrutiny and study and thought as to how a society should deal with that situation and I can hear the idea of torture being a useful and necessary tool. The torture of someone who was throwing stones or molotov cocktails in order to find out who his friends in his organization are? No, torture like that is wrong. I agree with Amira Hass that the torture procedure is all too common and all too wrong in Israel.

        (I was theorizing that the torture death was intentional as a way of discouraging the Obama visit, not minimizing the wrongness of torturing someone accused of throwing a molotov cocktail. If this was a person who had sent a suicide bomber to blow up a restaurant and he had been tortured my attitude would be different and probably quite dissimilar from Amira Hass, but someone accused of low level violence, no, I do not support such torture and the IDF should be forced to halt such torture. Filming interrogations would be a step in the right direction, but such torture seems nowhere near the right direction.

      • justicewillprevail
        February 25, 2013, 4:34 pm

        What molotov cocktails, and indeed what stones? Some hearsay evidence cobbled together 2 months later. I don’t see any reason to believe such threadbare excuses, just another routine harassment, imprisonment without charge and torture. Saying you are against torture is meaningless when you qualify it, and pointless when it is an IDF policy, and doesn’t make you ‘reasonable’ or ‘liberal’.

      • Cliff
        February 25, 2013, 6:46 pm

        Exactly.

        Hence why I’m not interested in Wondering Jew’s ‘complexity’.

        He – like all Zionist partisans – demonstrate no humanistic tendencies without first qualifying them within a Zionist ideological framework.

        So Wondering Jew brings up molotov cocktails and rocks. Both are put on equal footing, by him, with torture til’ death.

        A slithery chicken/egg slip he thinks will partially mitigate the cartoony black and white nature of this latest PR disaster for Brand Israel.

        All this boils down to the Israeli conception of what it means to be ‘liberal’ (I don’t know if he considers himself as such) – i.e., paying lip service condemnations of barbarism when it’s perpetrated by Zionism against the Palestinians.

        And of course Wondering Jew reserves his harshest verbal tongue lashing for SJP, calling them ‘Stalinist’ (plagiarizing Eric Alterman).

        So to summarize WJ:

        SJP = Stalinist

        Tortured til he died Palestinian = molotov and rocks flowchart, ending in torture and death

        Oh how gracious of you Mr. Persecuted-In-Line.

      • sardelapasti
        February 26, 2013, 12:02 am

        A Zionist propaganda hack wrote the following glorification of torture:

        “Torture when a suspect is aware of a ticking bomb is a situation that deserves scrutiny and study and thought as to how a society should deal with that situation and I can hear the idea of torture being a useful and necessary tool.”

        and we are talking to this piece of garbage?

      • Accentitude
        February 26, 2013, 2:45 am

        Actually current numbers from the PCHR put the number of torture deaths at 203, up from the previously claimed 71.

        Having said that, I kindly point you to the above facts because this case of torture and violence perpetrated by the Israelis is not an isolated incident….at all.
        As a life long human rights activist, and currently working with tortured Palestinians, I hear stories every day, albeit not usually resulting in death, directly told to me by the torture victims themselves…men, women, children, elderly, people with physical, psychological disabilities, people who are blind, people on medication, people in wheelchairs, amputees…Israel doesn’t descriminate when it comes to who it beats the crap out of.

        I don’t think that under any circumstances torture can be a “useful and necessary tool, whether its a ticking timebomb scenario or an IDF “gun” measuring contest. However, there is no doubt that Israel disagrees with my stance, as is evident by garbage “report” issued by Moshe Landau in 1987 following the torture deaths of 2 Palestinians. It was basically a DIY torture manual for the IDF…and by well documents actions and events since the beginning of the conflict.

        In fact, the Landau report and the 2 deaths of Palestinians occurred AFTER Israel had already signed the United Nations Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (UNCAT) on October 22, 1986…..just prior to the first intifada which began in December 1987 and continued to roughly 1993 or 1994, during a time when Israeli policies against Palestinians were very brutal; torture was very widely practiced against Palestinians and even the Israeli terrorist Yitzhak Rabin, the so-called Man of Peace insisted that the IDF adopt what he called the “Broken Bones Policy” a horrendous practice of beating and disabling Palestinian youth so that they could not participate in the uprising.

        Israel also ratified the UNCAT on October 3rd, 1991, 2 years prior to the end of the first intifada and 9 years prior to the second intifada when torture practices were by then well into steady implementation. Again, NOT an isolated incident. Nor is it some strange action by a group of rogue Israel officials. These are part of policies that are adopted, implemented and institutionalized by the Israeli government in order to continually repress and destroy the Palestinian civilization.

        If Israel was a true “democracy” as is claims, it wouldn’t have a separate military judicial system of Palestinians and a civil judicial system for Jews/Israelis. It would be one judicial system. It would have provided Jaradat with a lawyer who would be present during any and all interrogations and questions. It would have also allowed him to know what charges he’s being held on, and what evidence they have on him. They wouldn’t have dragged him out of his house, beaten him for five days, broken most of his bones and then claimed…oops, he suffered a heart attack. I have little to no faith of any Israeli internal investigation because 99.9% of them find the Israel not-guilty. Gee, who couldn’t see that coming? As far as whether he threw a rock or a molotov, that should be based on concrete evidence, witness testimonies, etc…and presented in an un-biased objective court of law.

    • Cliff
      February 25, 2013, 8:51 am

      Wondering Jew,

      It’s nice to see your true face as a Kahanist settler end-times enthusiast reveal itself.

      You started as a turtle and now you’re a lion of Judah! (or whatever StandWithUs college student members call themselves).

      • yonah fredman
        February 25, 2013, 2:22 pm

        Cliff- Someone who cannot understand what the word “segregated audience” means, could not be expected to understand my words, since you were expecting approval of torture and I wasn’t clear. I did not approve this case of torture. I was theorizing that the killing was intentional, something with out a shred of evidence, rather than focusing on the wrongness of torturing someone who throws molotov cocktails or stones. See above.

      • Cliff
        February 25, 2013, 4:24 pm

        Why mention Molotov cocktails in he first place if not the mitigate the damage done?

        Because your first concern is damage control and not the torture, he who plagiarizes Eric Altermann pathetically.

  6. dbroncos
    February 24, 2013, 5:06 pm

    Tortured to death. A perfect backdrop for the peace prize winner’s “eternal victim” homage to the Jewish state. He’ll smile, kiss the ring, lay a wreath at the Holocaust memorial and otherwise give his blessing to the fascists. He’ll be leaving the country just as sequestration and government shutdown go into effect. Lights out at the WH. Nobody home. A perfect metaphor for the sad, corrupt state of American leadership.

    • Accentitude
      February 25, 2013, 5:23 am

      It wouldn’t be the first time. Lest we forget that Yitzhak Rabin was a rabid racist and promoter of the practices of violent torture against Palestinians back in the day. I implore anyone to look up the so-called “Broken Bones Policy” that Israel still implements to this day, as evident by the damage to Arafat Jaradat’s body. Yitzhak Rabin invented it before he received the Nobel Peace Prize for murdering Arabs one year, and shaking hands with Yassir Arafat on the White House lawn the next.

      See here -> link to haaretz.com

  7. seafoid
    February 24, 2013, 5:08 pm

    link to haaretz.com

    “Jaradat, a father of a 4-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son, worked as a gas station attendant. His wife, Dalal, is pregnant, relatives said.”

    Perhaps someone can explain to his widow that her husband died because of what the Nazis did during WW2. That her people are collateral damage. And as for torture, Jews wouldn’t do that™

    • kalithea
      February 25, 2013, 12:47 am

      Good comment, but “And as for torture, Jews wouldn’t do that™

      …they just reinvented and improved it for the 21st Century, that’s all.

  8. ToivoS
    February 24, 2013, 5:31 pm

    I noticed that the Israelis are already trying to distort these autopsy reports. They seem to be claiming that the bruising was caused by resuscitation efforts. Bruises do not result from postmortem damage. Bruises result when an injury is inflicted while the subject still has a blood pressure, i.e. before death.

    Just in case the hasbara brigade shows up with the “official” explanation.

    • sardelapasti
      February 24, 2013, 6:50 pm

      Toivo – Bruising and rib fractures do occur during resuscitation efforts, and those are not after death, of course. Only, these bruises are very limited, both anatomically and in their extent and appearance, different than the usual marks of torture. No amount of official explanation can wash.

  9. Ira Glunts
    February 24, 2013, 6:15 pm

    I noticed that the Israelis who were involved in the autopsy are not confirming that Jaradat died of a heart attack. I would guess that an autopsy would indicate heart failure if it was actually the cause of death. Maybe we could get a medical opinion here.

    From what I read, I don’t think that the Israeli view will be believed. Even the Israeli press seems to be giving the Palestinian account of the torture priority over Israeli denials.

    Also, tomorrow is the anniversary of the Baruch Goldstein’s massacre of 29 Palestinians in the Ibrahimi in Hebron which is not far from Arafat Jaradat’s funeral which is scheduled for tomorrow afternoon. This could be a formula for more violent clashes with the IDF.

    I hope and pray for a peaceful day in Hebron and Sa’ir.

    • ToivoS
      February 24, 2013, 7:47 pm

      Heart attack is the common term to describe a coronary infarction or thrombosis. This is a very well defined syndrome and would be easily seen in an autopsy. If the Israelis are not saying this now it means it wasn’t the cause of death. Even a super-Zionist pathologist would not tarnish his reputation trying to make such a claim if the evidence were lacking.

      • sardelapasti
        February 24, 2013, 10:30 pm

        Toivo – “Heart attack” (even though it is, as you say, a relatively well-defined group of conditions in internal medicine) is not a professional term likely to be used by a pathologist in his report, because occurrences which do leave identifiable signs like coronary occlusion, myocardial infarction or pulmonary edema have their own categories.

        “Cardiac arrest”, on the other hand (which may also include suspected arrhythmia –no identifiable signs) is routinely used by the clueless and especially by police and government hacks for… any and all deaths: because the heart stops beating in any death. No evidence needed; I’ve seen reports with ‘cardiac arrest’ as a cause of death for subjects whose brains had been blown off. Signed by professors.

        Also, it is hard for a pathologist working for a government to “tarnish his reputation” as you so well put it. This is unfortunately the dirtiest, i.e. most unethical specialty as a percentage all over the world, even more than psychiatry; many if not most pathologists are forensic and are appointed by police and other government agencies.

      • Ira Glunts
        February 25, 2013, 8:12 am

        @ToivoS and sardelapasti. Thanks for the information.

    • Obsidian
      February 25, 2013, 3:19 pm

      The Israelis did not confirm the cause of death because the did not have the results of the pathology tests.

      • justicewillprevail
        February 25, 2013, 3:56 pm

        The Israelis did not confirm the cause of death because they did not have time to organise a cover story, dispose of any evidence and fix their PR release. Fixed it for you.

  10. BarefootBrian
    February 24, 2013, 6:29 pm

    I had so hoped that his death really was the result of a heart attack. As has already been said, it is unlike Israel to make a mistake and kill somebody so obviously. They are also, quite obviously, hoping that Samer Issawi will die in prison, too. Then, when the violent protests do start, as start they undoubtedly will, they will have the perfect “excuse” to initiate the next round of murderous attacks on all and any Palestinians. And the world’s media will say that the Palestinians started it once more! We must ensure they cannot ignore this blatant provocation and get the message out that Israel started it!

    • JennieS
      February 24, 2013, 10:18 pm

      Maybe it wasn’t a mistake. A great number of Israeli actions recently seem to be designed to provoke a new violent Palestinian intifada. The current round of protests, especially erecting tents on their own lands, and the nominations of 5 Broken Cameras & Gatekeepers for the Oscars have been horribly embarassing for Israel.

  11. Les
    February 24, 2013, 7:08 pm

    Whites feel free to do this to non-whites.

    • kalithea
      February 25, 2013, 12:58 am

      Israel is definitely THE MOST RACIST STATE today enabled by the U.S. that has the worst history and record of racism.

  12. LanceThruster
    February 24, 2013, 7:25 pm

    But it’s OK because they have the designation of “Most Moral Torturers in the World.”

  13. thankgodimatheist
    February 24, 2013, 7:36 pm

    Photo of his pummeled face is evidence of beating/torture:
    link to angryarabscommentsection.blogspot.com.au

  14. DICKERSON3870
    February 24, 2013, 7:44 pm

    RE: “When I sat next to him he told me that he had serious pains in his back and other parts of his body because he was being beaten up and hanged for many long hours while he was being investigated…” ~ Jaradat’s lawyer Kameel Sabbagh

    MY COMMENT: I wonder if this means Jaradat was subjected to one of Israel’s favorite forms of torture, the infamous “Palestinian hanging” (a/k/a strappado – a form of medieval torture used extensively during the the Inquisition).

    FROM WIKIPEDIA [Strappado]:

    [EXCERPTS] Strappado is a form of torture in which the victim’s hands are first tied behind his or her back and suspended in the air by means of a rope attached to wrists, which most likely dislocates both arms. Weights may be added to the body to intensify the effect and increase the pain.
    Other names for strappado include “reverse hanging” and “Palestinian hanging”.[1][2] It is best known for its use in the torture chambers of the medieval Inquisition.[3] . . .

    SOURCE – link to en.wikipedia.org

    P.S. This sounds like the work of Dr. Mengele!

    • Avi_G.
      February 25, 2013, 12:30 am

      DICKERSON3870 says:
      February 24, 2013 at 7:44 pm

      P.S. This sounds like the work of Dr. Mengele!

      Dickerson,

      Here’s an excerpt from a B’tselem report:

      (Emphasis mine)

      Note: GSS = Shabak

      Since the [Landau] commission submitted its recommendations, in 1987, GSS interrogators have tortured thousands of detainees, intentionally inflicting severe pain and suffering. The torture was neither extraordinary nor limited to “ticking bombs.” Quite the opposite; torture was a bureaucratic routine: there was standard equipment for inflicting torture, and careful recording of the times the pain and suffering were inflicted. Even the state’s response in petitions against torture repeated, paragraph after paragraph, the routine justification for what were supposedly extraordinary acts. Supervision of the GSS did not succeed in preventing torture in Israel from becoming routine, systematic, and institutionalized.

      link to btselem.org

      • kalithea
        February 25, 2013, 12:52 am

        Mengele is the spirit that moved them.

      • amigo
        February 26, 2013, 2:57 pm

        “Mengele is the spirit that moved them.”Kalithea

        I suspect Mengele would have a smirk on his face observing what the descendants of his victims are up to.

        He might even harbor a quiet respect for their dedication to the Trade.

      • DICKERSON3870
        February 25, 2013, 3:05 pm

        RE: GSS interrogators have tortured thousands of
        detainees . . . [T]here was standard equipment for inflicting torture, and careful recording of the times the pain and suffering were inflicted.
        ~ Avi_G

        MY REPLY: It sounds like a combination of Dr. Mengele and the Spanish Inquisition!

      • Accentitude
        February 26, 2013, 2:52 am

        I second what Avi said. It could be Shabak which is very widely practiced. Nothing makes an 18 year old Palestinian kid hobble around like a disabled 70 year old more than being put through shabak for 5 days straight. I’d like to see Netanyahu put through Shabak. Let’s see how long he lasts. Maybe it’ll wipe that crooked arrogant smirk off his face.

  15. just
    February 24, 2013, 8:39 pm

    If he died of a heart attack, it would be apparent and discovered during autopsy.

    The photo of his father above is truly heartrending.

    The photo of the murdered and tortured son, father and husband is also heartbreaking, but nobody can deny that he was beaten.

  16. DICKERSON3870
    February 24, 2013, 8:43 pm

    RE: “Autopsy reveals Arafat Jaradat died of extreme torture in Israeli custody”

    MY COMMENT: Where, oh where, is the Palestinians’ Golem?

    The Golem (The Golem: How He Came Into the World / Der Golem, Wie er in die Welt Kam) 1920, UR 86 minutes
    Writer, director and actor Paul Wegener delivers the third and final leg of his Golem trilogy, a story based on a legend in Jewish mysticism about an astrologer (Albert Steinrück) who predicts doom for Jews in 16th-century Prague.
    Cast: Paul Wegener, Albert Steinruck, Lyda Salmonova, Ernst Deutsch, Hanns Sturm, Max Kronert, Otto Gebühr, Dore Paetzold, Lothar Muthel
    Director: Paul Wegener, Carl Boese
    Genres: Foreign, Foreign Classics, Foreign Horror, Foreign Silent Films, Germany
    This movie is: Imaginative, Scary
    Netflix format: DVD and streaming (UNTIL 3/01/13)
    • Netflix listing – link to dvd.netflix.com
    • Internet Movie Database – link to imdb.com
    • Wikipedia – link to en.wikipedia.org

    P.S. Although numerous uploads of The Golem: How He Came into the World are available on YouTube, they do not appear to be this recently restored version (still under copyright) made from surviving German and Russian prints with interesting tints and having missing intertitles that were reconstructed in Italy.
    The Golem (1920) (Unrestored print, English intertitles) [VIDEO 01:41:24] – link to youtube.com

  17. piotr
    February 24, 2013, 8:46 pm

    Palestinians Dispute Israel’s Findings on a Prisoner’s Death
    By JODI RUDOREN and KHALED ABU AKER
    Published: February 24, 2013 (New York Times)

    JERUSALEM — The Israeli Health Ministry said Sunday night that preliminary autopsy findings could not determine the cause of death of a 30-year-old Palestinian prisoner, which Israeli officials had at first attributed to a heart attack. But Palestinian officials said the lack of heart damage coupled with bruising on the man’s chest, back and neck suggested that he was tortured during interrogation.
    ====================
    I would focus on the first sentence. Where is the superior medical technology of Israel that I have read about?

  18. DanH
    February 24, 2013, 9:32 pm

    Remember, Jews are us; we as a nation are 40% of the world’s Jews. We cannot continue to say ‘they’, when at every critical point we, the American non-Jews as well as American Jews, have been there to bail our brothers out. American Jews since the early 1800’s have had a disproportionate presence in the upper levels of the US government but that doesn’t explain our complacency, nor our compliancy towards those who dictate our attitudes and reactions to us.

    Our tax dollars fund the Israeli military as well as our own. Our very well-to-do activists for Israel and their corporate allies shoulder a major part of support for the rogue activities; just one under the radar example being the Florida based Falic family, the owners of the Duty Free Americas retail outlets which blanket US borders and airports, who contributed more than 50% of Netanyahu’s campaign funds for the recent election, and who are major supporters of settlement enterprises.

    It’s American people we’re talking about

    Did Netanyahu say AIPAC is an American Christian Zionist organization? It is true there are many people in America who consider themselves Christians who are vociferous supporters of everything Israel does.

    We did Abu Ghraib, and by our support and encouragement we have done this to Mr. Jaradat. We have met the monsters and they are us. On a night of worship for craven images one gets the idea we can sink lower.

  19. IL1948
    February 24, 2013, 9:37 pm

    If the PA says it, it must be true. We know they would never exploit the death of a Palestinian for political gain.

    Also, this article states that the autopsy was done in Israel with a Palestinian observer. No mention, of course, of any Israeli observer during the autopsy or that it was done at an Arab forensic center. Why mention that when we can leave the world with the false impression that a Jewish pathologist made these findings.

    • Cliff
      February 25, 2013, 10:19 am

      why does it matter

      are you so hateful and racist that if an arab says something its a lie, but if a jew says something its true?

      and the PA didnt kidnap and torture this man

      Israelis did

      the Israeli government did

      the Israeli army did

      he was tortured and died under Israeli custody

      how much ‘spin’ is needed to spin an already horrible story

      none

      the true spin, is that which you’re pathetically attempting to produce here – in israel’s favor

      as if israel is an innocent security state, always in the right, never torturing, never killing

      israel legalized torture and legalized using human shields

      the logical explanation here is also the simplest (occam’s razor):

      he was murdered by israeli thugs

      and you, dimdok, jon s, wondering jew, biorabbi, and every other lying Zionist invader of Palestine are trying to do damage control

    • Accentitude
      February 26, 2013, 2:57 am

      We know they would never exploit the death of a Palestinian for political gain. How many years have your Zionist minions been exploiting the holocaust? I wonder what political gain did they get from that? There’s at least 66 years worth of examples we can refer to.

  20. Sin Nombre
    February 24, 2013, 9:42 pm

    seafroid wrote:

    “I wan’t aware that 2 millenia of Jews had prayed for a Lavrenti Beria style Jerusalem.”

    That was exactly along the lines of what I thought when I read this. “So Israel has now nearly recapitulated in totality the features of Stalinism and Hitlerism. The regularization of torture and thus the Movement as Torturer, the ultimate expression of total dominion over individual humans. The torture cells, the table with their cuffs or walls with their rings and chains and belts, the special chairs …. The unnamed thugs in their coveralls or whatever they wear to avoid going home with blood spatters, sitting down to nice dinners with their nice wives and children, and up and out again the next morning, bored after awhile with checking in and reaching for their batons, their prods, their whatever, but proud nonetheless of their expertise. Their facility at quickly reducing another human to a shivering, huddled, whimpering broken thing.”

    And then we hear the final defense: “At least we don’t shovel people into ovens!”

    No, maybe not, but let’s not hear anymore of how any objectionable behavior of Israel was only committed in its existential defense, in its fight to defend its establishment. Let us now recognize what appears to be the non-exceptional perception of such behavior by Israel, used to defend its very existence, but then too of course to be casually used to keep down its colonized and secure its land thieveries too.

    One can hardly think of anything as delegitimizing of Israel including its basic right to exist than this. Now that we see that this is Israel, all the time, for whatever cheap and even illegal gains….

    • Danaa
      February 26, 2013, 3:39 am

      As bad as this case of murderous torture was, do not underestimate what Israelis could and will do if they thought no one will be looking. To get a feel of the true mentality of israelis, one really needs to wallow for a while in their facebooks – in Hebrew. Just perfectly ordinary people putting comments in a perfectly matter-of-fact way. You just can’t get the proper impression reading a few sanitized things in English, mostly delivered by Anglos, who even when they are on the right, still suffer from a certain Anglo “sensibility”. In Hebrew they don’t need no red lines, so on their social sites, in their twits and e mails they have been literally baying for “getting rid among the palestinians” – and decrying the “delicacy” of the “beautiful souls’ on the misguided left in achieving the desired results.. And everyone knows but only very few care to tell (Avigail Abarbanel is one – I believe i read somewhere that the crudity of speech and behavior in israel, is one of the things that drove her out. One could stay there and try to fight the inevitable and become despondent, or one can get out, get a life, and if one is lucky find a space where one can hope to make some difference from the outside).

      I think people in the US, in Europe, in Australia, and really most anywhere else will find it difficult to come to terms with the depth of the spite , venom and sheer murderousness directed towards palestinians in particular, but Arabs in general. Everyday speech in israel would not be tolerated in any English speaking country, so it’s difficult to comprehend what passes for normal discourse in israel. Fortunately or unfortunately one can get the true flavor of it, and how wide spread the extreme ethnic bigotry is, only in Hebrew. I came across at least one very popular Facebook group, that were I to translate just a few posts to English, were I faithful in transcribing them, my comments would be censored – and perhaps rightfully so, hence I refrain (besides, i am not very good at translating extreme crudities. Not sure I’d find the words in English). And there are hundreds of such posts every day, and thousands of “likes”.

      The fact that Israeli Jews speak in Hebrew for the most part has provided a very effective cover for the true state of mind of the “average” Israeli for a very long time. Mind you, even their English-speaking apologists, those who post here and elsewhere, do not know (and don’t wish to know) the depth of the moral depravity affecting a very large section of israeli society – probably a near-majority. To say they are racist doesn’t even scratch the surface. The closest parallels I can find are in certain biblical accounts. And I honestly don’t say this lightly. I have family members – very nice people, perfectly average and normal in every way, who wished that there could be a way for the palestinians of gaza to just ‘disappear” and expressed the importance of teaching them all “a lesson”. I have a female relative, who puts beautiful pictures of flowers on her Facebook, wishing a happy day for everyone, who once in a conversation I “eavesdropped” on, expressed the sentiment that perhaps what Israel needs to do to get some “peace and quiet” is to visit on the Palestinians the same punishment that was meted out to the Egyptians – “get rid” of every first born. She said it right in between sweet good health wishes and cooing over someone’s cute kid pictures. Like it was just another thing to say, with not a thought to the possibility of what others might think. Such careless and callous asides are unfortunately not all that rare. But yes, you can only get the hang of it in the language they speak to each other, which they trust no one will translate.

      All in all, at least dimadok and biorabbi sound like they are hoping against hope that the autopsy report will reveal extenuating circumstances, and that the accusation of ‘torture’ was overblown. I believe that most of Israel’s apologists in the US share this hope because they can’t bring themselves to believe that torture – of pretty extreme kind – is systematically inflicted upon detained palestinians. jon s expresses the vain hope that should a case be made that a death occurred under torture, the wheels of justice can be made to turn and the perpetrators punished. Their bretherns in israel – a great many of them – don’t share such delicacies of sentiment. I have seen more than few – definitely more than I cared to see – saying that the “investigators” were negligent – should have been a bit more careful in hiding their tracks. While others simply say that this could be a good lesson for stone throwers to learn. Maybe some would think before they throw a stone at a soldier. Indeed.

      • thankgodimatheist
        February 26, 2013, 6:15 am

        Danaa
        Are their posts/comments in Hebrew any worse than those regularly posted in the comments section of YNet, The Jerusalem Post and occasionally in Haaretz? Hard to imagine, in fact. It only takes me 2 comments to read before I start vomiting in the mouth.

      • Danaa
        February 26, 2013, 3:48 pm

        TGIA – in a word, yes. Don’t forget that comments do get censored on the publications – the worst actually doesn’t see the light of day. If you were able to speak to moderators of the publications you mention, they could probably tell you stories that would make your ears ring. For example, posts containing outright curse words are filtered out as are the worst blood-curdling calls. But, more importantly, there’s the difference in language. Along the way, Hebrew has absorbed unto itself some really crude forms of expression that over time became part of normal discourse. To me it now appears more raw, like some filters are missing.

        The average Anglo oleh and/or Jewish zionist visitor marvels at the discourse in Israel being so “lively’ and the speech so ‘refreshingly direct”, and the people so “warm” (until some find that there is icy coldness underneath that ‘warmth”. i think Wanderin Jew, for example, may have found out about the frozen nether reaches beneath that inviting landscape). the native English visitors miss however much the subtext and the emotional friction underneath, because English – and probably French and most other European languages have done a lot to reduce acceptability of vitriol – especially of the ethnic kind – in everyday speech. Of course, i know it’s there and much has just been pushed underground (may be Irish can tell me a thing or two about that) but at least it is not out there all the time for all to see. But in hebrew, it is inescapable.

        Note in passing; I really don’t mean to lump all Israelis and native Hebrew speakers into one. There are many excellent exceptions – both linguistically and morally. Lots of erudite truly gentle souls (and I know a few of those as well). It’s just that i fear it’s not the winning trend.

      • MHughes976
        February 26, 2013, 6:18 am

        Sometimes one reads something deeply perceptive and informative, such as Danaa’s remarks here. Not alone on Mondoweiss, of course.

      • amigo
        February 26, 2013, 2:39 pm

        “The fact that Israeli Jews speak in Hebrew for the most part has provided a very effective cover for the true state of mind of the “average” Israeli for a very long time. “Danaa

        Perhaps these Jews want a Jews only state so they can carry on their hate filled chit chat against all things non Jewish in total comfort while hanging on to the Myth that they are Light Unto The Nations.

  21. dimadok
    February 24, 2013, 9:52 pm

    “30-year-old Jaradat had six broken bones in his neck, spine, arms and legs.”-was he hit by the car or fell down from the 3 floor of the building?
    What an utter nonsense and hype. Truly a very miserable sight. Please keep supporting the lies dear commentators, you make the Palestinian dreams even more distant.
    And Annie-get some facts straighten up before you “report” them, you’re as eager to run and tell everyone as a 5-year old who just discovered a really cool bug at the nearby bush.

    • thankgodimatheist
      February 25, 2013, 7:18 am

      Look at his face in this photo for goozsake! What could have caused this swollen right side of his forehead, the broken cheekbone, the bruised eye if not thorough beating and pounding?
      Monster!
      link to angryarabscommentsection.blogspot.com.au

    • Accentitude
      February 26, 2013, 3:01 am

      Look, a really cool bug! Oh shit, Israel just squished it just like they squished Arafat Jaradat, and thousands of others before him. Please enlighten us with the facts, dear Dimadok. Clearly you were one of the Coroners investigating Jaradat’s body.

  22. JennieS
    February 24, 2013, 10:22 pm

    Another great article by Amira Hass has just come up on Ha’aretz.
    link to haaretz.com

  23. biorabbi
    February 24, 2013, 11:09 pm

    How can you diagnose heart failure at autopsy? The best you can do is to find a thrombosis in the artery/sometimes spasm indicating a heart attack. An enlarged heart or enlarged left ventricle indicates chronic heart failure which occurs over the course of years, not days. Some sort of electrical disturbance in the heart would not be diagnosed at autopsy nor would heart failure… only a heart attack which would not be expected in a young man, nor would a stroke.

    Question here. Wouldn’t there have been some internal video tape made? Also for the Australian-Mossad agent, it seems weird that video tapes are not made/used for a very wide variety of reasons.

    • Annie Robbins
      February 25, 2013, 1:00 am

      it’s not weird at all. if israel was innocent they would provide one immediately. it takes a few days to create lies from reality. lets give it at least 3-4.

    • JennieS
      February 25, 2013, 4:22 am

      “Only two weeks ago, on February 6, justices Asher Grunis, Hanan Melcer and Noam Sohlberg turned down a petition by four human rights groups demanding the annulment of a 2003 law letting the police forgo the filming or audiotaping of security suspects’ interrogations. The organizations also asked the court to require the Shin Bet to visually document the questioning of suspects. The justices said that because the law was now under scrutiny, “the time has not yet come to examine the petitioners’ arguments themselves.” ”

      The above quote is from an article in Ha’retz today. Obviously no recordings are made so there is no evidence of the guilt of “the most moral security force in the world”.
      link to haaretz.com

    • talknic
      February 26, 2013, 10:42 am

      biorabbi “How can you diagnose heart failure at autopsy?”

      Enzyme levels. It’s one of the the first things hospitals check for in patients who’ve presented with a possible heart failure/heart attack. link to webmd.com

      • sardelapasti
        February 26, 2013, 2:43 pm

        talknic – Not that simple. There are a number of types of sudden arrhythmia, for instance. And “heart failure” is not the right term, because it applies to insufficiency (not that sudden an event.)
        Only, all of this is not seen in someone with all the signs of torture that even the torturers acknowledge on the body, and that Biorabbi stinks to heaven.

  24. kalithea
    February 25, 2013, 12:50 am

    Here’s what these Zionists thugs did: they pounded him to a pulp over and over until his last breath.

    AND THE WORLD LOOKS ON WHILE CRIMES ARE REPEATEDLY COMMITTED BY THESE ZIONIST THUGS AND CONTINUES TO DO NOTHING ABOUT THIS.

    And meanwhile in Hollywood…Affleck whines about how bad people have it in Iran…while he laughs all the way to the bank.

  25. weindeb
    February 25, 2013, 2:30 am

    And now, Ladies and Gentlemen, let the latest facts-on-the-ground commence.

  26. OlegR
    February 25, 2013, 4:48 am

    The coroner has not actually published his findings but you guys go ahead
    have your usual little shindig…

    • Accentitude
      February 26, 2013, 3:03 am

      Oh we are certainly waiting for the results of yet another Israeli internal investigation. I can see the future. Shall I tell you the results now or would you like to wait and be surprised?

  27. jon s
    February 25, 2013, 6:19 am

    I think we should wait for the results of the autopsy.
    That said, if it turns out that his death was caused by mistreatment of any kind while in custody – those responsible should be prosecuted and punished, no cover-up, no bullshit.

    • justicewillprevail
      February 25, 2013, 7:33 am

      Really? You actually think this is likely with the decades of cover-ups, the acres of bullshit, and the constant refusal to ever punish the routine behaviour of the abusers? Mistreatment? lol, such naivety, or wilful ignorance and denial. Take your pick.

    • American
      February 25, 2013, 8:25 am

      “those responsible should be prosecuted and punished, no cover-up, no bullshit.”

      Hahahah….when pigs fly. But I have faith that when the fat lady finally sings Israel will get what it has coming to it.

    • Cliff
      February 25, 2013, 8:54 am

      What precedent is there for the Israeli Establishment enforcing justice on the IDF or Border Police or settlers?

      IDF murderers going back a far as the Mandate got off with light sentences.

      Murderers of entire villages let off and the Israeli leaders issue an apology.

      Your society doesn’t care about justice when it involves dead Arabs. You use the Arabs of Israel as a rhetorical debating tool to defame the Arab world and Islam and all minorities (since your hate is rooted in White Nationalist-like superiority complex).

      Nothing will come of this because Israel is both the criminal and the prosecutor.

      Why would you convict yourselves? No one else is going to. You have nothing to lose by butchering Palestinians.

      • piotr
        February 26, 2013, 1:30 am

        If dirty war is the ruling principle, the penalties are none or very light.

        You can check “Dilawar”. “Leaked internal United States Army documentation, a death certificate dated 12 December 2002, ruled that his death was due to a direct result of assaults and attacks he sustained at the hands of interrogators of the 519th Military Intelligence Battalion during his stay at Bagram. The document was signed by Lt. Col. Elizabeth A. Rouse of the U.S. Air Force, a pathologist with the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in Washington DC, and listed as its finding that the “mode of death” was “homicide…”

        However, the military conducted an investigation only in 2005, after an article in NYT. Dilawar was tortured in blood-curdling manner for 5 days and nights. The description of his body is in itself terrifying. One soldiers got two months of jail.

  28. piotr
    February 25, 2013, 9:32 am

    Just from normal articles about crimes you can learn that beating a person may result in “accidental death”, even a single punch to a face, even if in vast majority of cases it does not. Indeed, interrogations in Israel do not frequently result in death, but the official reports from Israel suggest that Arafat Jaradat was interrogated very harshly.

    Number one, he confessed to throwing stones in November AND also in 2006, and he was scheduled for further interrogations. How it happens that he spontaneously offered self-incriminating confessions? Without presence of the lawyer and videotapes, it is reasonable to suspect that confessions were “extracted” and that interrogators wanted to extract testimony incriminating others. In my opinion, the mere success of the interrogators proves some kind of abuse.

    Number two, if the heart attack was excluded by the Israeli autopsy, how come that Jaradat was being resuscitated? If it is not a totally false story, I guess that he suffered a schock of some kind, perhaps from a punch, and he additionally was severely weakened by prior maltreatment. Another possibility is that the resuscitation was actually disguised torture. For example, the articles about American torture mentioned “rectal examinations” performed at the start of interrogations, “medical procedures” were used for torture.

    • ritzl
      February 25, 2013, 8:46 pm

      Agree, again. I just saw your comment. It wasn’t posted when I wrote mine.

      This would explain the lack of affected heart tissue (there was seemingly none to be seen) in an autopsy.

      Another question is why would a defrib device not be immediately available, if torture through beating is your thing.

  29. ritzl
    February 25, 2013, 10:23 am

    Then there’s always this:

    Commotio cordis (Latin, “agitation of the heart”) is an often lethal disruption of heart rhythm that occurs as a result of a blow to the area directly over the heart (the precordial region), at a critical time during the cycle of a heart beat.

    Apparently, from the wiki, the risk of this happening goes up linearly with increases in heart rate (1-3% at60 bpm, but 3-10% at 180 bpm), and has been observed in child punishment and torture cases. Hypoxia (hyperventilating?) also increases the risk.

    link to en.wikipedia.org

    Oh gosh, how could a perfect storm of increased heart rate, hyperventilation, and blows to the chest possibly happen to a Palestinian in Israeli custody? Say it ain’t so, Israel. Say it ain’t so (or have they already?).

    • piotr
      February 25, 2013, 4:16 pm

      Hypoxia is lack (or insufficient amount) of oxygen. If you have an asthma attack, hypoxia and hyperventilating go together.

      • ritzl
        February 25, 2013, 7:30 pm

        @piotr True. I should have said, “hypoxia due to extended hyperventilation.” Didn’t mean to suggest the two were the same. Just my shorthand version…

  30. mcohen
    February 25, 2013, 9:28 pm

    prisoner x and prisoner y

    the king who wore a black hat has gone to his people. he stands before the black stone awaiting judgement.i hope his heir will rule wisely and make peace with israel.

  31. Kathleen
    February 26, 2013, 12:59 am

    This story is horrific

    Always sickened by the video clips of violent IDF crimes that have been caught in public. Israel is known for their torture in prisons right? And their torture techniques. They should have been in front of the ICC long ago. Brig General Janis Karpinski mentions Israeli interrogators at Abu Gharib.
    link to news.bbc.co.uk
    Israeli interrogators ‘in Iraq’
    Brig Gen Janis Karpinski and US Deputy Defence Secretary Paul Wolfowitz at Abu Ghraib jail, 20 July 2003
    Members of Karpinski’s (l) brigade have been accused of abuse
    The US officer at the heart of the Abu Ghraib prison scandal says she has evidence that Israelis helped to interrogate Iraqis at another facility.

    Brig Gen Janis Karpinski told the BBC she met an Israeli working as an interrogator at a secret intelligence centre in Baghdad.

    A BBC reporter says it is the first time a senior US officer has suggested Israelis worked with the coalition.

    The Israeli foreign ministry said the reports were completely untrue.

    In Zero Dark Thirty one of the interrogators threatens one of the tortured prisoners that they are considering allowing Israeli interrogators to question him. They have quite the wicked reputation for brutal torture.

  32. Kathleen
    February 26, 2013, 1:03 am

    So will this torture case go into Israeli courts. They are clearly aware of what took place and the evidence. Know that the Israeli courts are not just at all but just wondering?

  33. Kathleen
    February 26, 2013, 1:10 am

    Annie was just about to roll on through Mondoweiss to read about more atrocities committed by the Israeli government and came back to this horrific story. What can we do? Who do we write? Suggestions…..Should we write the ICC?

    • Annie Robbins
      February 26, 2013, 1:36 am

      i don’t know kathleen, i’ve read it at least 50 times. i can’t move my mind off it. and i don’t think i am alone. this one article (and there are many more articles about his tortured death) has garnered 3319 shares. i just saw an australian Q&A show (mainstream media) RoHa just linked to where they discussed Jaradat’s murder.i think people are talking about it all over the world. i tweeted it addressed to @StateDept . write a letter to the editor,tweet it to newspapers. i don’t know what to say but i know it is on the mind of many, and every palestinian. their lives are like nothing to most israelis. nothing. he was only in custody a few days. me, i would probably not survive a day of torture, and many many many, thousands of palestinians, and their children have been torture. these crowds in the streets in ramallah, they know what this is like , they have been there. torture is a way of life under occupation. it is so unbearable this have gone on for decades, and the world stands by. the world stands by. it breaks my heart, yes write the icc. write the world.

  34. Annie Robbins
    February 26, 2013, 2:40 am

    i am looking at the dignity of the two men assisting arafat’s father in the photo. i have looked at it over and over. i have looked at his father so many times, and i have thought of the thousands of fathers who have lost their children to israel. and i think of this man. who has lost three sons now. and i wonder if there are any israelis who look at that photo with a sense of pride. with some sense they have won, from the slip in his walk. i wonder if arafat’s tortures have looked at the photo. the doctor who examined arafat and ok’d him for more torture. i wonder what it must be like to be a sadist. to have sadism running thru my blood. to have a country built on sadism, because surely israel was. not everyone of them, but a lot of them. too many. and i know in my heart of hearts, palestine will survive.

    my heart goes out to his wife and his children. knowing her husband lived his last days in pain, thinking of her i am sure and his children, his father and mother. and all who loved him, saying good bye in his heart, and dying with dignity, not giving names where there is no more give to the occupier, the thief of home of land of children of parents of water of life, of arafat. for his brothers not to die and suffer the same fate, he gave his life, a martyr to palestine like all who went before him . and they kept torturing him, they wanted more and more until he had no more to give. after their land and their homes and there is only so much blood you can squeeze. only so much pain one man can endure. what a crime against humanity.

    and somewhere in israel tonight the torture’s children rest in their bed and dream in pastels unknowing innocents that they are, who one day will become..ballerinas or torturers. who knows. . and all is well for them, because their mother, or father..is a torturer…and that is how they live.

    and arafat’s father. a broken man who raised a brave son, who died so palestine could be free.

    and that is how they live.

    • Kathleen
      February 26, 2013, 9:00 pm

      “and i wonder if there are any israelis who look at that photo with a sense of pride. with some sense they have won, from the slip in his walk. ” Annie sadly I think there are many Israeli’s who look at this with a sense of pride and that is what is terrifying. Have watched so many video clips of IDF kicking, breaking the bones, killing, kicking kids that are Palestinians who look so hateful so disconnected that it is horrifying. And have heard far too many stories from my friend Art who saw some of these things with his own eyes and reported such arrogance, such hatred that poured out of Israeli soldiers and illegal settlers that it does sound like they could look at this defeated man with a “sense of pride”

    • Obsidian
      March 2, 2013, 4:37 pm

      Palestinian dies in PA custody. Autopsy pending.

      link to maannews.net

  35. NickJOCW
    February 26, 2013, 3:54 am

    The accounts of the man’s death are not mutually exclusive. He could well have been tortured to the point his heart stopped beating.

  36. iResistDe4iAm
    February 26, 2013, 9:25 am

    I wonder if the grief-stricken father of Arafat Jaradat “seems a bit ho-hum” to Jodi Rudoren?

    link to mondoweiss.net

  37. Kathleen
    February 26, 2013, 9:02 pm

    Contact the International Criminal Court.
    link to icc-cpi.int

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