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Hundreds rally in Gaza, West Bank over Israeli jail death
Published Sunday 24/02/2013 (updated) 25/02/2013 18:29
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Women take part in a protest against the death of a Palestinian detainee
in an Israeli jail, in Gaza City Feb. 24. (Reuters/Suhaib Salem)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Hundreds of people rallied in the Gaza Strip and West Bank on Sunday to condemn the death of a Palestinian prisoner in Israeli custody.

In the West Bank, Israeli forces and protestors clashed in Hebron, Beit Ummar, al-Arrub refugee camp, and Tulkarem, with soldiers firing tear gas and sound grenades at demonstrators, locals said.

Palestinian factions in Gaza launched solidarity marches to condemn Jadarat's death, Ma'an's correspondent said.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said that "hundreds of Palestinians threw rocks and burned tires in Hebron, and security personnel responded with riot dispersal means."

One man was injured by rubber bullets and an Israeli soldier was injured after being hit by a rock, military sources said.

In Beit Ummar between 100-300 people threw stones at Israeli forces and in Beituniya around 50 people gathered, the spokeswoman added.

In al-Arrub, one man was lightly injured after Israeli forces used live fire, Israeli military sources said.

Palestinian Authority Minister of Detainees Issa Qaraqe told a press conference Sunday that mass popular protests are in direct response to what the Israeli occupation is doing.

"This intifada does not need a decision. It comes automatically in response to what the Israeli occupation is doing against us. If President Obama wants to visit the area quietly, he has to pressure Israel to release prisoners, especially hunger strikers," Qaraqe said.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has demanded that the PA halt all popular protests and calm the situation, Israeli news site Ynet reported.

The Israeli premier also ordered the release of January tax revenues to the PA, which Israel has withheld since November as punishment for the UN's acceptance of Palestine as a non-member state.

PLO official Nabil Shaath said in a statement that the Palestinian leadership does not want a third intifada, but "what Israel is doing will drag the region into a bloody cycle of violence."

"No one in the Palestinian leadership plans for third Intifada, but what Israel is doing makes Palestinians angry," Shaath said.

He added: "No one can predict what will happen, or whether we can control the situation in the Palestinian field."

Arafat Jadarat, 30, died in Israeli custody on Saturday, allegedly from a cardiac arrest.

Qaraqe, the prisoners minister, said Jadarat died after being tortured during interrogation by Israeli forces and demanded an international investigation into interrogation techniques used by Israel.

He said 71 Palestinians had died from torture during Israeli interrogations since 1967.

Over 4,000 Palestinian prisoners launched hunger strike action on Sunday in protest over the incident.
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1 ) Carol Scheller / Switzerland
24/02/2013 14:35
The PA should not halt these totally legitimate protests but build on them.

2 ) Zainab / UK
24/02/2013 15:32
#1: Well said Carol, the Palestinian people have every right to protest & should build on the protests. However, as we see, popular protest is met with armed resistance, when the soldiers fire rubber bullets & LIVE rounds at protesters, & also at journalists who try to document the truth. The Israeli PM has no right to 'demand' that the protests stop until his government stops the systematic abuse of Palestine & it's people. Nabil Shaath is correct in his statement about a third Intifada (above)

3 ) ALL well planned for / OBAMA VISIT
24/02/2013 15:52
Smart move

4 ) all fake and organized / mayhem
24/02/2013 15:56
welcoming Obama visit and diverting anger against thieving PLO

5 ) Palestinian / occupied Palestine
24/02/2013 16:55
4) what do you mean all fake and organized? is the killing of a palestinian prisoner under interrogation fake? or is palestinian anger fake? or is the on-going land theft and illegal settlement activity fake? or is the murdering of palestinian youth by the IOF almost every week fake? what is all fake and organized? that we want freedom and justice, that we are fed up with occupation and are angry that IOF kill us, steal our land, demolish our homes and the world is watching and doing nothing?

6 ) Some On / Both Sides
24/02/2013 22:26
- Someone wants the NEXT INTIFADA to start on both sides, and if it does PALESTINIANS WILL LOSE BIG AGAIN, and Israel will have justification for the Security fence too, and - Someone wants the NEXT GAZA WAR to start on both sides, and if it does PALESTINIANS WILL LOSE BIG AGAIN, and Israel will have justification for the Gaza invasion too !!

7 ) Lilith / The World
25/02/2013 08:41
Israeli authorities said that an autopsy, carried out in the presence of a Palestinian doctor, did not show signs of torture.
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