الأحد , يونيو 14 2020

Palestinian minister's funeral held

Palestinian security personnel carry coffin of Ziad Abu Ein in Ramallah (11/12/14)Ziad Abu Ein was being buried with full military honours

The funeral is taking place of a Palestinian government minister who died after a confrontation with Israeli soldiers at a protest in the West Bank.

Ziad Abu Ein is being buried with full military honours in Ramallah.

Palestinians have blamed Israel for his death, saying he died after being hit by a soldier and inhaling tear gas.

Israel says Mr Abu Ein, 55, had a heart condition and suffered a heart attack brought on by stress. Israel’s prime minister has called for calm.

Israeli, Palestinian and Jordanian pathologists attended a preliminary post-mortem on Mr Abu Ein, but Israel and the Palestinians issued differing accounts.



Ziad Abu Ein (left) was apparently grabbed by the throat by an Israeli border police officer

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Tensions are running high after the death of Ziad Abu Ein, reports Kevin Connolly

Palestinian pathologist Saber Aloul said “the cause of death was a blow, and not natural causes”, the Associated Press news agency reported.

Israel’s ministry of health said the post-mortem showed Mr Abu Ein had underlying heart problems, and the immediate cause of death was a blockage to a cardiac artery.

In a statement it said Mr Abu Ein also suffered injuries to his neck. Images from the scene of Wednesday’s protest showed him being grabbed by the throat by an Israeli border guard.

Reuters news agency quoted an unnamed Israeli official familiar with the results of the post-mortem as saying the minister’s death was “brought on by stress… The stress may have been brought on by him being grabbed by the neck”.

Call for restraint

Footage and images from the scene of the protest, near the unauthorised Jewish outpost of Adei Ad, showed a standoff at close-quarters between troops and Palestinians, followed by a scuffle between a protester and a soldier.

An Israeli border guard appears to grab Ziad Abu Ein at a protest near the West Bank village of Turmusaya, shortly before the Palestinian minister's death (10 December 2014)One photograph shows Ziad Abu Ein (left) being grabbed by an Israeli border guard at the protest

Palestinian men carry posters bearing the portrait of cabinet member Ziad Abu Ein, after the announcement of his death outside the main hospital in the West Bank city of Ramallah on December 10, 2014Palestinians gathered outside the hospital in Ramallah where Mr Abu Ein’s body was brought

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas prays for Mr Abu Ein during a special leadership meeting, in the West Bank city of Ramallah, 10 December 2014Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas led prayers at a PLO meeting called following Ziad Abu Ein’s death

At one point Mr Abu Ein is seen being pushed by his throat by the border guard. He is subsequently seen collapsed on the ground.

A Sky News reporter at the scene tweeted that an Israeli medic tried to see to Mr Abu Ein but the minister was rushed by Palestinians to a vehicle. He was later taken to hospital in Ramallah but died on the way.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Mr Abu Ein was the victim of a “clear crime” and a “barbaric act”.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called for an investigation into the death and urged “all sides to exercise maximum restraint and avoid escalation”.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu passed a message to the Palestinian Authority saying that Israel would investigate the incident, while urging a “need to calm down the situation and act responsibly”.

Israeli Maj Gen Yoav Mordechai said all the soldiers who were involved in the incident would be questioned and Israel would apologise if it concluded a mistake had been made.

As tensions grew, the Israeli military beefed up its forces in West Bank in case of violence.

Tear gas

Mr Abu Ein was among dozens of foreign and Palestinian activists taking part in a protest against land confiscations.

They had planned to plant olive tree saplings on a patch of land near the Jewish settlement of Shiloh, which Palestinians believe has been earmarked for annexation by Israel.



An Israeli border guard appears to grab Ziad Abu Ein at a protest near the West Bank village of Turmusaya, shortly before the Palestinian minister's death (10 December 2014)

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Before he collapsed, Ziad Abu Ein (left) said he had been assaulted by Israeli soldiers

Several dozen protesters marched from the village of Turmusaya towards Adei Ad, about 5km (3 miles) south-east of Shiloh, where they were stopped by soldiers and border police.

Palestinian witnesses and news agency journalists said tear gas was fired during the confrontation.

Palestinian activist Mahmoud Aloul said Mr Abu Ein was hit by a tear gas canister.

An Israel Defense Forces statement said troops had used “riot dispersal means” to stop about “200 rioters” advancing into the community of Adei Ad.

Mr Abu Ein, a minister without portfolio, was head of a department dealing with Israeli settlements and its West Bank barrier.

He once received a death sentence, commuted to life imprisonment, from a court in Israel for a 1979 bombing that killed two Israeli teenagers.

He was released in 1985 as part of a prisoner exchange that saw the release of three Israeli soldiers captured in Lebanon.

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