Israelis claim 'rare condition' caused death


Israeli pathologists have said a British woman who died while living in Eilat was the victim of a rare internal bleeding condition.

Julie Pearson, from Kinross in Scotland, died last November in mysterious circumstances.

This week Israeli pathologists told the British embassy that Ms Pearson had died of "natural causes" following internal bleeding in her stomach caused by an unidentified condition.

Her family believes she died following an attack by her Palestinian boyfriend and that the police had not investigated the case sufficiently. The pathology report confirmed that Ms Pearson - who moved to Israel in 2014 and had a Jewish father - had been attacked before her death.

Her aunt, Deborah Pearson, flew to Israel in February to meet police and subsequently said that she had hired a private investigator.

She said that she was now "very angry" at the suggestion that the police may close the investigation based on the pathology report's conclusion.

"Even if she did die of this condition that we've never heard of, the night before Amjad Hatib was kicking and punching her in the stomach," Deborah Pearson claimed. "Surely that would have aggravated it? It can't be a coincidence. We have been trying to get hold of the report. I've been phoning the embassy every day and when we get hold of it I will take it to someone here in the UK."

Witnesses alleged Julie's boyfriend had been violent in the past and that she had been punched and kicked several times the day before she died.

The JC has seen a report from the funeral directors used by the Pearson family in Scotland who reported that they noted bruises on Julie's body on her shoulder, chest and arms.

"When you see a picture of Julie's body then you will know it's unbelievable that they say it's natural causes," her aunt said.

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