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Thousands attend funeral for Arafat Jaradat
Published Monday 25/02/2013 (updated) 02/03/2013 14:26
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Mourners carry the body of Arafat Jaradat during his funeral in Sair,
Feb. 25. (Reuters/Darren Whiteside)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Thousands of mourners on Monday attended the funeral of Arafat Jaradat who died two days earlier in Israeli custody.

Jaradat, 30, died in Israel's Megiddo prison a week after he was detained. An autopsy showed he died from severe torture, Palestinian officials said Sunday.

Gunmen from the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades fired in the air in Sair village, Jaradat's hometown, as thousands marched with his body. Jaradat's mother and pregnant wife collapsed at the funeral.

"We sacrifice our souls and blood for you, our martyr" mourners chanted.

Large numbers of Israeli forces deployed around Sair and imposed extensive restrictions on the entrances to Hebron and nearby villages.

Israeli forces fired tear gas at protesters in al-Arrub refugee camp and in Beit Einun. An Israeli military spokeswoman said forces fired riot dispersal means at Palestinians who threw stones at soldiers.
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1 ) Zainab / UK
25/02/2013 14:29
"O Allaah, forgive our living and our dead, those present and those absent, our young and our old, our males and our females. O Allaah, whom amongst us You keep alive, then let such a life be upon Islaam, and whom amongst us You take unto Yourself, then let such a death be upon faith. O Allaah, do not deprive us of his reward and do not let us stray after him" - "O Allaah, the martyr Arafat is under Your care and protection so protect him from the trial of the grave and torment of the Fire....."

2 ) shirley s / Australia
25/02/2013 18:45
where is the RED CROSS where are AMNESTY where iS THE UN AND BAN KI MOONand where is the PA screaming at top of their lungs at UN andsigning Geneva conventionsthis mans death will not be spoken of in th WEST the PA have acess to the WEST and UN it is up to them to scream from the rooftops and get the message out no morewe are going to get rid of the wall join geneva conventions

3 ) gabi / australia
26/02/2013 01:46
shirley s/Australia - where is everyone? Where is our government when this sort of thing happens - stand by Israel no matter what. People are just blind when it comes to Israeli torture/murder/settler actions. Israel uses preventive detention which Western governments criticise when other states do it but let Israel get away with it. Let Israel get away with state sponsored murder, state sponsored terrorism. All in the premise that "Israel must be allowed to defend itself". Really sickening.

4 ) Reader / from Edmonton
27/02/2013 09:51
Any condolences from Secretary of State Kerry yet? Silence in the face of Israeli torture deaths is not acceptable. The US can not simply do nothing. They must either condemn the practise, or by their silence they support it.

5 ) Colin Wright / USA
01/03/2013 12:28
To Reader #4 'Any condolences from Secretary of State Kerry yet? Silence in the face of Israeli torture deaths is not acceptable. The US can not simply do nothing. ' But if we did that, Master might get angry.

6 ) Reader / from Edmonton
02/03/2013 11:08
Colin, screw Master.

7 ) Reader / from Edmonton
02/03/2013 11:20
The Israeli bluff simply is no longer effective. Israel is a spent force that resorts to violence and intimidation to achieve what it can not achieve through decency and moral persuasion. That is a result of operating far outside the rule of law and the precepts of justice. When will the American public force their politicos to face the truth and end this sickness which consumes the Middle East and the American budget?
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