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Thousands attend Jaradat funeral in his hometown of Sair

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The UN is now calling for an inquiry into the death of Arafat Jaradat, after Palestinians demanded an international investigation.

Al Jazeera, the BBC, Reuters, all recorded Jaradat’s funeral in his hometown of Sair in the southern West Bank yesterday, as thousands gathered to show their respect for the family. I chose this video because it includes a spokesperson for Palestinian Government Media Center as well as Netanyahu spokesperson Mark Regev:

Mark Regev: Israel expects the Palestinian Authority to act responsibly and to prevent incitement and violence that can only exacerbate the current situation.

Palestinian government spokesperson: Settler attacks against ordinary Palestinians is on the rise the raids of the Israeli army also against Palestinian cities and towns have increased sharply. That’s in addition to the rising tensions inside Iraesi prisons where a Palestinian detainee has lost his life.

The full statement of from the Palestinian spokesperson yesterday can be heard here.

I have repeatedly reported there has been a dramatic rise in provocative actions taken by the Israeli government, by their lawmakers and military, that increase tension. Israel has been “igniting violent protest” for months, just like this:

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Israeli undercover troops broke into a West Bank apartment building in a failed arrest raid Thursday, igniting a violent protest and signaling that Israeli-Palestinian security coordination may be in trouble, officials said.

Thursday’s raid targeted a suspected Islamic militant and marked the second time this week an army operation sparked clashes. Palestinians accused Israel of taking provocative actions in retaliation for their successful bid in November to win U.N. recognition of a state of Palestine in the West Bank, Gaza and east Jerusalem, the territories Israel captured in 1967.

Would Mark Regev, Netanyahu, or the government of Israel like Abbas to “act responsibly” by using Palestinian security to clamp down on unrest being incited by Israeli raids which have “increased sharply” in Palestinian cities and towns as well as arrests, imprisonment, interrogation and torture? The government of Israel needs to change and the world needs to hold them accountable.

 Ynet last month claimed Palestinians are fomenting the unrest and provoking a   violent Israeli response:

[T]he Palestinian leadership is fomenting controlled unrest in the West Bank territories.

While Israeli intelligence officials and politicians argue over whether a third intifada has erupted, the PA has already activated a “soft intifada” – or an “awareness intifada.” The goal is to methodically place their demands at the top of the international media’s agenda while avoiding violence and terror. The PA is initiating dozens of non-violent provocations, or provocations that involve a minimal level of violence – without the use of weapons or explosives – such as the building of “outposts” in Area C, holding demonstrations near disputed sites such as Bil’in, and throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails.

Fatah operatives and PA clerks refer to this growing phenomenon as a “peaceful intifada,” but these tactics are meant to provoke violent responses from Israeli security forces, which also make for good photos for the international press. Foreign news teams are invited to the scene in advance, so these incidents become victories in the Palestinian “awareness” campaign.

May the death of Arafat Jaradat not lead to more innocent death. One of Jaradat’s relatives speaks in this Al Jaareza video about events surrounding his death (1:35 ):

The Palestinian street was boiling before, with Arafat’s death things became more tense, I hope nothing happens, we don’t want innocent people like Arafat to die

Annie Robbins

Annie Robbins is Editor at Large for Mondoweiss, a human rights activist and a ceramic artist. She lives in the SF bay area. Follow her on Twitter @anniefofani

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  1. Mndwss on February 27, 2013, 10:42 am

    I think the interrogators killed Arafat Jaradat because he had the name Arafat.

    I believe they must have been convinced that Arafat = Hitler:

    I guess they grew up reading thing like:

    ARAFAT & HITLER By Samuel L. Blumenfeld:

    I can imagine how this horrible interrogation was like:

    INTERROGATOR: So you are the new Hitler?

    JARADAT: What?

    INTERROGATOR: We will show you how we treat Hitlers!

    JARADAT: Au, Au, please stop, Au, Au, (sound of breaking bones) Au, +…..

    SOUND FROM THE MACHINE REGISTERING HEARTBEAT: Beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep……………

    • W.Jones on February 28, 2013, 1:00 am

      If Israeli interrogations are anything like their supporters’ talking points.

      (dark humor)

  2. DICKERSON3870 on February 27, 2013, 4:05 pm

    RE: Would Mark Regev, Netanyahu, or the government of Israel like Abbas to “act responsibly” by using Palestinian security to clamp down on unrest being incited by Israeli raids which have “increased sharply” in Palestinian cities and towns as well as arrests, imprisonment, interrogation and torture? ~ Annie Robbins

    LONG STORY SHORT (as Nancy Grace loves to say): Yes! ! !*

    * FROM WIKIPEDIA [“United States security assistance to the Palestinian National Authority”]

    . . . When the Israeli Air Force began their bombing campaign of Gaza in late December 2008, the NSF [the Palestinian National Security Forces] 3rd Special Battalion was disbursed throughout the West Bank to assist other PA security forces in maintaining order and preventing demonstrations from becoming uncontrollable. The USSC, Israel, and the PA regarded the results of this deployment to be successful because West Bank violence did not escalate during the month-long Israeli offensive.[64] Lt. Gen. Dayton suggested in his 2009 policy speech that the PA response during Operation Cast Lead prevented a third intifada by using “a measured and disciplined approach to the popular unrest” and by keeping demonstrators away from Israelis. In his words “the prospect of order trumped the prospect of chaos.”[57] Journalist Nathan Thrall characterized the same event as the most damaging to the Palestinian security forces’ reputation, as the harsh reaction to protests and to Hamas sympathizers made the PASF seem like collaborators with the Israeli operation. . .

    SOURCE –

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