Arafat Jaradat, 30, died in Israel’s Megiddo Prison on Saturday after being interrogated and beaten by Israel’s internal security service Shin Bet. An autopsy reveals that Arafat died from injuries sustained during torture, inlcuding broken ribs and severe bruising.
Jaradat had been arrested on February 18 for allegedly throwing a stone at an armed Israeli soldier near the illegal Kiryat Arba settlement near Al-Khalil in the West Bank. He had been transferred to Megiddo Prison shortly after the arrest where he faced hours of interrogation and beatings.
According to a statement released by the Shin Bet, Jaradat had been examined by physicians “numerous times” to deem him healthy enough to continue with the interrogation. The Shin Bet also noted that Jaradat suffered from health problems sustained after being hit by a rubber bullet and tear gas canister fired by Israeli soldiers, yet the the procedure continued.
The Israel Prisons Service commented briefly on the death, alleging that Jaradat had “probably” died of cardiac arrest. However, Jaradat showed no signs of heart failure before the interrogation. [Read more...]