10,000 Palestinians attend Jaradat's funeral
Mahmoud Abbas (Photo: AP)
The funeral of Palestinian detainee Arafat Shalish Shahin Jaradat was attended by over 10,000 Palestinians today.
People in the crowd were waving flags and handing out leaflets urging a response to Jaradat’s death which, the Palestinian Authority has claimed, was a result of torture.
Meanwhile, reports say that 100 Palestinians clashed with IDF forces outside the Israeli prison where Jaradat died last Saturday. The IDF has announced that six Palestinians were wounded with injuries from rubber bullets. Protests of this kind have erupted in several spots around the West Bank.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas made a statement whilst attending another memorial service: “We won’t let them play with the lives of our sons.”
“They stand before our children and target them with live fire,” he said. Mr Abbas added that the Palestinian people want ed peace and the removal of settlements.
Israeli officials have maintained that Jaradat's death was a result of a heart attack. Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesperson Yigal Palmor said: “Israel’s treatment of detainees and prisoners is transparent and up to the best international standards of Western democracies.”