Palestinians demand international inquiry following suspicious death of detainee in Israeli prison

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 Arafat Jaradat died today in Majido prison under interrogation

Palestinian officials are demanding an international investigation over the untimely death of Arafat Jaradat, a 30 year old  Palestinian from a village near Hebron who died today in an Israeli prison.

Jaradat leaves behind a pregnant wife and 2 children. According to his family he was arrested a few days ago on suspicion of being a member of a Fatah cell and immediately transferred to Israel’s Majido prison.

Palestinian Minister of Prisoners Issa Qaraqea claims Jaradat died under interrogation. Reuters:

Palestinian officials on Saturday demanded an international investigation into the death of a Palestinian detainee who died in an Israeli jail hours earlier.

“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,” Palestinian Minister of Prisoners Issa Qaraqea said………..according to the group’s records, Jaradat did not suffer from any prior illness.

“Israel was responsible for his life,” Fares said.

Jaradat’s death takes place during a week of protests in solidarity with Hunger strikers outside Israel’s Ofer military prison, and the plight of Palestinian prisoners held without charge in inhumane conditions inside Israeli prisons is finally getting international recognition.

Israeli officials are claiming Jaradat was detained for questioning involving a stone throwing incident near Kiryat Arba during Israel’s attack on Gaza last November, and that he died of a heart attack.

Ynet:

A statement issued by the Shin Bet said that Jaradat was arrested last week on suspicion he hurled stones at an Israeli civilian during Operation Pillar of Defense. On Saturday, he fell ill and medics were unable to save him. Police launched an investigation…

Due to the sensitive nature of the case it was decided that it would be investigated by the police’s National Serious and International Crimes Unit which is set to write a special report on the incident.

Investigators have already started collecting testimonies from guards at the prison and those in contact with Jaradat before his death. Defense officials have offered Palestinian Authority officials to be involved in the autopsy, if one is conducted, and said they will be updated on the investigation.

A protest broke out on the street of Ramallah over the death of Arafat Jaradat.

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Protest in Ramallah over death of Arafat Jaradat in Israeli prison, Feb. 23, 2013 (Photo:Raya Fm)
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Protest in Ramallah over death of Arafat Jaradat in Israeli prison, Feb. 23, 2013 (Photo: Raya Fm)

Will a third intifada break out? How much provocation is one society supposed to endure?

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  1. Annie Robbins
    February 23, 2013, 5:31 pm

    likely tortured to death.

    • dimadok
      February 23, 2013, 5:42 pm

      @annie.
      And you know that because a little bird told you so?

      • Annie Robbins
        February 23, 2013, 9:06 pm

        yeah, 1000′s of tweeting birdies

        link to twitter.com

      • dimadok
        February 23, 2013, 9:11 pm

        Ah, the crowd-news and people’s “common” knowledge … How I could’ve missed that “fact”. But of course if thousand of people ( actually couple of hundreds) repeat same BS its must be the truth. Good luck with that. Again, thank you Annie for your presense here, your “factual” reporting and current analysis. Next time you should tell us which “crimes” Israel is going to commit in near and far future from now.

      • Annie Robbins
        February 23, 2013, 10:47 pm

        if he was a jew in a nazi prison
        you’d be all over it
        like flies on sh*t
        hypocrite

      • Carllarc
        February 24, 2013, 10:45 am

        gee whiz, dim, let’s not forget your friend and Israeli patriot, ol’ Capt. George,

        link to richardsilverstein.com

        “Doron Zahavi, who still can be called only “Captain George” in the Israeli media, has gone public with his grievance against the IDF, which employed him to torture kidnapped Arabs who were thought to have intelligence about affairs in Lebanon or Syria, specifically Israeli prisoners of war. Among those he worked his wonders on was Mustafa Dirani, who was thought to have specific knowledge of the whereabouts of Ron Arad. Yossi Gurvitz reports ( in Hebrew) that Zahavi ordered one of his subordinates to undress and rape Dirani. Another Zahavi subordinate, who blew the whistle on the whole military torture complex he ran, says his commander sodomized Dirani with a nightstick.

        The brave torturer has the effrontery to claim that the anal lacerations Dirani suffered were due to “constipation,” for which they gave him a laxative that caused him to soil himself. The victim says he was forced to wear a diaper constantly even when it contained excrement. And such treatment, as Gurvitz confirms and as I’ve reported here previously is SOP for the Israeli torture apparatus.”

        brave, brave Israel.

      • dimadok
        February 24, 2013, 11:17 am

        @Annie-you are hysterical and over-hyped, Annie. People die in detention -it happens. Whether he died due to his health issues, negligence of prison authorities or even because of some sort of physical and emotional stress-its’ to the investigators to determine. Thankfully it’s not up to you or any other cheerleaders here.

      • Carllarc
        February 24, 2013, 11:50 am

        oh, right, dim. Annie is just one of those ‘hysterical’ women. right. I guess that is the way one (woman or man) gets in the face of horrific torture.

        and you shame all that is beautiful with Judaism and Jewish tradition; certainly dim fits right in with the look-the-other-way tradition of tolerating Israel’s atrocities against those Palestinians, who are guilty of being Palestinian (which of course violates zionism).

      • Bumblebye
        February 24, 2013, 12:31 pm

        dimduck
        You mean, the perpetrators will investigate their own crimes, and find themselves innocent, unblemished, and that the young man was faulty goods, unable to withstand the terrible strain of the walk in the park style of torture you and your lot claim is all they would dare to do.

      • Annie Robbins
        February 24, 2013, 2:42 pm

        yo dim, stories already breaking of the autopsy report. hold onto your hat, you’re soo wrong.

      • seafoid
        February 24, 2013, 3:03 pm

        Dimadok makes me laugh. Anyone who comes here for the first time might buy the “it was an accident, nothing deliberate, we will investigate fully, trust us” line he always follows but I think I’ve seen him pull that rabbit out of the hat more than 300 times now and I just don’t believe the old magic is there any more

      • Bumblebye
        February 24, 2013, 3:07 pm

        “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 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.

        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. ”

        “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.”

        “Jaradat’s lawyer Kameel Sabbagh said he was tortured by Israeli interrogators.

        Sabbagh, who works for the prisoners ministry, was present at Jaradat’s last hearing on Thursday, which an Israeli judge postponed for 12 days.

        “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”

        link to maannews.net

        Took a tumble in the shower did he, dim?

      • Annie Robbins
        February 24, 2013, 3:18 pm

        thank you. we got that news in arabic, but i had not seen it in english yet. appreciated bumblebye.

        edit: here it is link to mondoweiss.net

      • just
        February 24, 2013, 3:42 pm

        Well, there you have it.

        Israel in her true light as it exists today. First they take a young man away for throwing rocks at Goliath, then they torture him, then he dies, then they lie.

        President Obama– DO NOT visit Israel. Speak out and sanction them. No more “carrots” for them.

      • gamal
        February 24, 2013, 4:14 pm

        “even because of some sort of physical and emotional stress-”

        you are so right, who gives a damn, that “even” cost you a little though, but yeah it happens, its up to the investigators, but why when its no sweat “even” if we “physical and emotional stress” ie tortured him to death, so not everyone is waiting for the results of an investigation then.

        The “Dr” who examined Steve Biko didnt think a large hole in his cranium should in any way inconvenience him and was as shocked as any one when died of “physical and emotional stress”.

      • Blank State
        February 24, 2013, 10:46 pm

        “……..its’ to the investigators to determine”

        Israeli investigators, of course, eh Dimwit??? We all know how that’ll turn out, no matter what the truth is. How people like you sleep at night? You proud of the despicable contortions you go through to defend the indefensible?

      • Obsidian
        February 25, 2013, 1:06 am

        The Health Ministry[Israel] 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

    • Rusty Pipes
      February 23, 2013, 8:21 pm

      Maybe Israel will finally get that third violent intifada it has been trying to provoke. Nothing like the fog of war to obscure picking up the pace of ethnically cleansing Palestinians from the West Bank.

  2. mondonut
    February 23, 2013, 5:50 pm

    Annie Robbins says: likely tortured to death.
    =======================================
    Bold statement, do you have some proof of that?

    • Annie Robbins
      February 23, 2013, 9:00 pm

      he was in fine health when they abducted him a few days ago. he’s 30 years old. i don’t need any other proof. there are thousands of palestinians who have been subjected to torture. it’s common in israeli prisons..

      • dimadok
        February 23, 2013, 9:12 pm

        So there is no way that that guy had some health issues, that got complicated due to stress or anything else?

      • Annie Robbins
        February 23, 2013, 9:24 pm

        according to the israeli doctor he was fine enough to continue the ‘interrogation’, open the ynet link.

      • sardelapasti
        February 23, 2013, 9:58 pm

        dim doc – Of course, one should wait for the report by the torturers themselves to know what happened. You guys are so smart!

      • eljay
        February 23, 2013, 11:02 pm

        Maybe Zio-supremacism just sucked the life right out of him, the way it has sucked the life out of thousands upon thousands of other Palestinians. And a little less Palestine means a little more supremacist “Jewish State” for guys like mondonutseee and dimadokeee.

      • Annie Robbins
        February 23, 2013, 11:47 pm

        He is a young man whose world fell apart. He entered prison sound of body and mind and emerged a broken man. For four days and four nights nonstop, he says, he was interrogated and subjected to torture of the most brutal kind. The result is the person we see before us in the wheelchair

        link to miftah.org

        and he was lucky compared to Arafat Jaradat. i’m so sick of this. in what world is it ok to come into a persons home, abduct them from their children and pregnant wife, , interrogate them, no charges? how is Mohammad Saba’aneh doing right now? link to mondoweiss.net

        what is his crime? how long can this go on based on ridiculous things like this photo, (scroll) link to mondoweiss.net

        and these stupid allegations? shoveled right into our congressional record by the occupation forces. with no proof of anything? how long can a people live like this while their land, families and resources are stolen from them?

        i have had it with these lies. decades of this madness. i don’t know how, i don’t know when but this tiny country cannot continue this form of constant oppression. it’s more than a set up, it’s a crime against humanity. and if this is not solved in my lifetime there will be a 1000000-fold to take my place. israel will be revealed for it’s crimes, and palestine will prevail and thrive. mark my words.

      • just
        February 23, 2013, 11:56 pm

        Our complicity and hypocrisy enrages me as well.

        We bear an enormous amount of the responsibility for the continued Occupation. It makes me sick that any & all of our elected/appointed officials have to pledge allegiance to Israel in order to pass muster.

        Israel has a filthy GITMO which incarcerates children, too.

      • American
        February 24, 2013, 12:10 am

        “i have had it with these lies. decades of this madness. israel is going down. i don’t know how, i don’t know when but this tiny country cannot continue this form of constant oppression. it’s more than a set up, it’s a crime against humanity. and if this is not solved in my lifetime there will be a 1000000-fold to take my place. israel will be revealed for it’s crimes, and palestine will prevail and thrive. mark my words.”….annie

        Right on……

      • Inanna
        February 24, 2013, 5:27 am

        Tell it, Annie

      • thankgodimatheist
        February 24, 2013, 6:13 am

        The question to be asked is why a doctor is needed during interrogation if no torture is involved.

      • thankgodimatheist
        February 24, 2013, 6:36 am

        Torture policy for Palestinian prisoners within Israeli Jails
        link to a-w-i-p.com
        Torture in Israeli prisons:
        link to uruknet.info
        Beatings are a regular procedure:
        link to occupiedpalestine.files.wordpress.com
        Palestinian young woman severely tortured by Israeli soldiers from Nahshon unit:
        link to realisticbird.wordpress.com

      • justicewillprevail
        February 24, 2013, 8:34 am

        Well said, Annie. No-one in their right mind could fail to be utterly revolted by the deliberate, premeditated sadistic cruelty that Israel routinely inflicts on innocent Palestinians. It is intolerable that not only do they practise these horrors, but that they then deny them and attack any public figure who says so. As for the pipsqueak trolls, they know nothing and are proud of it. The cognitive dissonance would be too much for them.
        Remember, this young man was arrested and killed because he was ‘suspected’ of some infringements – ie on the say so of some anonymous and quite likely fictional observer. Like the Stalinists, any old trumped up charge, or thought crime, is enough for you to be disappeared and erased. Shout it out, the whole world is watching.

      • MHughes976
        February 24, 2013, 1:00 pm

        And tell it in your incisive style. They can’t prevaricate for ever.

      • Bumblebye
        February 24, 2013, 2:52 pm

        “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 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. ”

        “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. ”

        “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.”

        “Jaradat’s lawyer Kameel Sabbagh said he was tortured by Israeli interrogators.

        Sabbagh, who works for the prisoners ministry, was present at Jaradat’s last hearing on Thursday, which an Israeli judge postponed for 12 days.

        “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.”

        link to maannews.net

        What do we think the rabid zios will come up with? He tripped in the shower or similar?

      • Maximus Decimus Meridius
        February 24, 2013, 4:22 pm

        Firstly, they’ll announce an ‘investigation’ to avoid the need for any immediate conclusion. In a few months times, I think they’ll likely admit that he was tortured (after lying through their teeth) and will say that ‘mistakes were made’ and the perpetrator – who is of course a lone ‘bad apple’ will be ‘disciplined’ (ie fined a few shekels). Then they’ll add that it’s a sign of what a vibrant, western-style democracy Israel is that such ‘mistakes’ could be identifed and dealt with so early on. And that will pretty much be that and the world will move on and only notice when some IDF tank gunner gets himself ‘kidnapped’.

      • just
        February 24, 2013, 5:13 pm

        And it’s only when an IOF tank gunner is held, does the US continually beg/berate/intervene at all on behalf of our “democratic BFF and ally”.

        Palestinians wronged/murdered/tortured/detained with no charges?
        *crickets*

        Time to speak up Mr. Obama.

      • Dagon
        February 24, 2013, 7:24 pm

        omfomfomf.To speake he has to let go of the donkey.

  3. seafoid
    February 23, 2013, 5:56 pm

    Another low for the soi disant Jewish state. Torturing prisoners to death isn’t very OECD.
    I wonder how long before US Judaism walks away.

  4. eljay
    February 23, 2013, 6:20 pm

    But as any Zio-supremacist will tell you, the supremacist “Jewish State” of Israel isn’t as bad as Saudi Arabia or Mali.

  5. just
    February 23, 2013, 8:23 pm

    Annie– it sure seems that way.

    A healthy 30 y o does not suddenly die of a heart attack unless he had a congenital heart disorder, etc. In other AP reports, it was reported that Shin Bet said he had been examined by a doctor several times and he detected “no health problems”, so the “interrogation” continued.

    This is yet another spark on an already burning situation. This on top of the 2 Palestinians wounded by live rounds today, ostensibly by settlers.

    (I wonder if this has been orchestrated…………..)

    • seafoid
      February 24, 2013, 2:24 am

      The doctors who sign off on torture do so in violation of their hippocratic oath to do no harm. But Zionism has gone way past the point where it can honour oaths, commitments and promises.

      • Erasmus
        February 25, 2013, 6:51 am

        Re: ” The doctors who sign off on torture do so in violation of their hippocratic oath to do no harm.But Zionism has gone way past the point where it can honour oaths, commitments and promises.”

        This is indeed a very and especially deplorable fact, that doctors make themselves complicit in such crimes.

        Their names shall also be recorded so that they will be taken to account for their deeds at the HAGUE …. when the times comes.
        And this time will come in no too distant future.

      • seafoid
        February 25, 2013, 10:13 am

        Shin Bet operatives threatening detainees with the rape of their wives and sisters – another low for Ziobotulism.

        Very depressing, what they do in the name of a once great religion.

  6. jimmy
    February 23, 2013, 8:37 pm

    oh come on ….israel is NEVER ever guilty of anything

  7. just
    February 23, 2013, 9:10 pm

    “Jaradat suffered from back pain and had been injured in the past by a rubber bullet and tear gas canister, the Shin Bet said. But he was examined a few times by a doctor who detected no health problems, and his interrogation continued, the agency said.

    After lunch on Saturday, Jaradat fell ill, and medics were unable to resuscitate him. A Shin Bet spokesman, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with protocol, said Jaradat was not beaten during his interrogation, nor did he experience any physical activities that might have led to a worsening of his health.”

    link to washingtonpost.com

    Pretty quick denial……………

    • Annie Robbins
      February 23, 2013, 10:45 pm

      was not beaten

      and sleep? we’ve heard from the abducted children about that, makes you crazy in no time. there are lots of ways to torture without beating a person. stress positions are quite common in israeli prisons. was he physically manipulated/impacted? probably.

    • eljay
      February 23, 2013, 11:05 pm

      >> A Shin Bet spokesman, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with protocol, said Jaradat was not beaten during his interrogation, nor did he experience any physical activities that might have led to a worsening of his health.”

      Hmmm…he wasn’t beaten and he wasn’t submitted to any “physical activities” that might have been detrimental to his health (which rules out y.f.’s tweezers and nutcrackers).

      This pretty much leaves a bullet to the head as the cause of death, as a bullet:
      - is neither a beating nor a physical activity; and
      - would not have worsened his health, it would simply have terminated it.

    • Annie Robbins
      February 23, 2013, 11:07 pm

      fromthe wapo link:

      The clashes reflected mounting friction in the West Bank, where Palestinians have faced off against Israeli troops in recent weeks in a series of large demonstrations protesting Israel’s control of the territory in general and in solidarity of four hunger-striking prisoners in Israeli jails.

      In the West Bank skirmish, Helmi Abdul-Aziz, 24, was shot in the stomach by Jewish settlers, Palestinian demonstrators said. They said Jewish settlers also shot 14-year-old Mustafa Hilal in the foot.

      An Israeli military official confirmed that two Palestinians were shot, but said the bullets appeared to have been fired by Jewish settlers because the Israeli forces were not using live ammunition. The official spoke on condition of anonymity, in line with military policy.

      so why is wapo simultaneously reporting Palestinians.. faced off against Israeli troops and casualties resulting from jewish settlers? why not state ‘Palestinians have faced off against Israeli troops and settlers’? maybe they do not want to alert the american public how the iof and the settlers work hand in hand.

      • just
        February 23, 2013, 11:24 pm

        Good question. I think you hit the nail on the head, Annie. I do think more folks are beginning to see the truth, though. Much credit to Mondoweiss.

        The troops ‘only’ used tear gas, stun grenades, and rubber bullets– they did manage to hit one ‘demonstrator’ in the eye with a rubber bullet.

    • Obsidian
      February 25, 2013, 1:29 am

      Jaradat’s attorney, Kamil Sabbagh, said his client told an Israeli military judge during a hearing on Thursday that he was being forced to sit for long periods during interrogation. He also complained of back pain and seemed terrified to return to the Shin Bet lockup, but did not have any apparent signs of physical abuse, Sabbagh said.

      After the court hearing, the judge ordered Jaradat to be examined by a prison doctor.

      So.
      No signs of physical abuse as per his lawyer and a prompt response by the judge to courtroom complaints of pain.

  8. yourstruly
    February 23, 2013, 9:56 pm

    suspicious death of detainee in israeli prison?

    he gave his life for his people?

    how many palestinians?

    justice for palestine?

    & in the knick of time?

  9. edwardm
    February 23, 2013, 11:02 pm

    Not a “bold statement”, but sadly plausible. Maybe they shook him to death, like Abd al-Samad Harizat.
    link to lawrenceofcyberia.blogs.com

    • Annie Robbins
      February 23, 2013, 11:15 pm

      three-quarters of a million Palestinians imprisoned by Israel since 1967

      ‘Abd al-Samad Harizat, a 30-year-old computer expert from Hebron, was arrested around midnight on 21 April 1995 and fell into a coma soon after 4pm on 22 April; he died on 25 April without regaining consciousness. Physicians for Human Rights sent an expert, Professor Derrick Pounder, to observe the autopsy, carried out by two Israeli forensic pathologists. The autopsy found that ‘Abd al-Samad Harizat had died from ”violent shaking” which had caused a sub-dural haemorrhage within the skull. Pressure from the lawyer of the Harizat family later obtained information about his interrogation: he had been shaken 12 times between 4.45am and 4.10pm, 10 times by holding his clothes and twice by holding his shoulders. “There is no doubt whatsoever about the cause of death; it’s very clear he has died from unnatural causes, and that he has died from torture”, said Professor Pounder.

      – Amnesty International, Human Rights in Israel and the Occupied Territories, 1 September 1998

      omg, and this from wapo/AP There are some 300,000 Israeli Jewish settlers living in the West Bank

      helllloooo

      and this:

      Palestinians seek the West Bank, a hilly territory which Israel captured in the 1967 Mideast war, for part of their future state. A hardline minority of Jewish settlers frequently attack nearby Palestinian villagers and their property.

      seek? it’s already theirs! ‘hardline minority of Jewish settlers’ wake up.

      • marc b.
        February 24, 2013, 9:06 am

        settlers

        you mean the sturmabteilung. israel’s paramilitary.

  10. DICKERSON3870
    February 24, 2013, 12:11 am

    FROM THE REUTERS ARTICLE:

    [EXCERPT] . . . Israel’s internal security service, Shin Bet, said in a statement that Jaradat began feeling ill after eating lunch, while he was resting, and that a police inquiry into the circumstances of his death had begun.
    “During his interrogation … on Thursday, Jaradat was examined numerous times by a doctor. No health problems were found in these examinations and the interrogation continued,” the Shin Bet said.
    Jaradat, according to Shin Bet, suffered from various health problems prior to his arrest, including back aches and injuries in his leg and stomach, sustained from a rubber bullet and a tear gas canister.
    But Qadoura Fares, chairman of the Palestinian Prisoner Club, a leading association that cares for Palestinians in Israeli jails, said that according to the group’s records, Jaradat did not suffer from any prior illness.

    SOURCE – link to reuters.com

    P.S. You can’t believe anything Shin Bet says. They lie even more than the IDF. In fact, Shin Bet lies even more than the CIA, and that’s a hell of a lot of lying!

    • seafoid
      February 24, 2013, 2:38 am

      Torturing a civilian to death a few months after you tell the world their people are never going to have a state is bad news.
      It’s what apartheid states do.
      They believe there’s an appropriate level of violence that will sort everything out.

      the Gatekeepers was about the Mossad wallah who saws the big picture but it could have been about ther Shin Bet. The torture is logical in the institutional sense of now but in the big picture it is undermining their state. This is a quote from a very different context

      ” Once an institution becomes sufficiently large, attention shifts from caring for the individual to managing the institution”

      The Occupation as an institution is so big now that attention has shifted from caring for the individual under arrest/the PR interests of Israel to managing the Occupation.

  11. American
    February 24, 2013, 12:43 am

    ”Israeli officials are claiming Jaradat was detained for questioning involving a stone throwing incident near Kiryat Arba during Israel’s attack on Gaza last November,”

    Arrested on suspicion of throwing a stone…..?
    I watched Schindlers List tonight on TV and it had scenes of Nazis officers shooting Jews for any little infraction like not working fast enough in making hinges or shooting some of them as a lesson to other camp inmates…..and it kept reminding me of the Palestine man shot in the head by some IDF sitting in a truck…..and in another scene one Nazi officer, who was portrayed as mentally off anyway, casually shot a woman walking across the lawn for no reason except she was available to shoot. I don’t doubt for a second these kind of things were done by the Nazis—anyone who does doubt it has only to look at Israel’s IDF doing the same things—-that is what comes from the kind of mentality nazism and zionism share.

    • just
      February 24, 2013, 2:19 pm

      I watched Mississippi Burning last night, and it suddenly struck me that what I was witnessing on the screen from 1964 USA is what is occurring right now in I/P……

      repulsive.

  12. talknic
    February 24, 2013, 4:20 am

    The Hasbara always has a hole in it… ” examined a few times by a doctor who detected no health problems, and his interrogation continued”

    WHY was he examined by a doctor a few times during an interrogation. In interrogations they ask questions. Surely questions do not require one to be examined by a doctor.

  13. Maximus Decimus Meridius
    February 24, 2013, 11:13 am

    And the English language media, which obsessed over the ‘kidnap’ of an IDF tank gunner in Gaza – a perfectly legitimate target who was relatively well-treated by his captors – responds to this outrage with utter silence. Not a word from ‘The Guardian’ which treated us to minute by minute updates on the tank gunner’s release.

    Quelle surprise. Not.

  14. Dagon
    February 24, 2013, 7:48 pm

    In the early sixties,on may day celebration,the whole of the palestinian community in israel joined by the israeli communist party would demonstrate.against veitnam,south africa,for algeria and of course against the israeli military regime imposed agianst them.israel would round up many people.take them to the russian compound,moscsobia,see nazareth has one too.I was 11 or 12 years old.i would join some kids and run behind the compound and listen to the cries of the guys being beaten.Those guys were iconic hereos to us kids.One day an older boy disappeared for few months.we used to play soccor and other games.As suddenly he appeared.he was walking and really falling,bumping into things,couldnt talk well and didnt recognise me.he acted as if somebody reached in and pulled his brains out.For some reason he had a few visits with the shin bet,israel’s internal security aparatus at the time.

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