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December 10, 2014 12:06 pm

PA Official and Convicted Terrorist Died From Heart Attack, Says Israel, as PA President Abbas Lauds ‘Martyr’ (VIDEO)

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PA official Ziad Abu Ein sits upright following a scuffle with Israeli soldiers in the West Bank. Photo: Screenshot

Israel has scorned Palestinian Authority claims that IDF troops killed a senior PA official during a demonstration in the West Bank earlier today, saying that a preliminary investigation shows that Ziad Abu Ein succumbed to a heart attack. The Israeli government also offered to send a pathologist to assist a Jordanian team conducting an autopsy on Abu Ein.

Abu Ein, whose role was to organize demonstrations and propaganda campaigns against both Israeli settlements and Israel’s security fence, died en route to hospital following a scuffle with Israeli soldiers at a protest near Turmusaya, south of the Shiloh community in the northern West Bank.

Though the proximate cause of Abu Ein’s death is still to be definitively established – he is said to have suffered from a range of pre-existing health problems, including diabetes, high blood pressure and a heart condition – PA leaders rushed to condemn Israel in the aftermath.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas lauded Abu Ein, who was extradited from the United States to Israel in 1979 for his participation in a bombing in Tiberias that killed two teenagers and wounded dozens more, as a “martyr.” Abbas said that Abu Ein, who was released in 1985 as part of a prisoner swap between Israel and Palestinian terrorist organizations, was the victim of “a barbaric act that cannot be tolerated or accepted,” and announced three official days of mourning, the Palestinian Ma’an news agency reported.

Top PA security official Jibril Rajoub confirmed that the PA would now cease security coordination with Israel, while his colleague Saeb Erakat, the leading Palestinian negotiator with Israel, warned of “severe consequences.” Hanan Ashrawi, another PA official, decried what she called an “extrajudicial killing,” claiming that “Ziad was guilty of nothing more insidious than planting olive trees on Palestinian land that Israel was attempting to steal.”

But several eyewitness reports from the scene flatly contradicted the PA’s account. Video shot during the clash shows Abu Ein angrily confronting Israeli soldiers, one of of whom grabbed him by the throat and pushed him backwards into the arms of his fellow demonstrators. The IDF also fired tear gas at the demonstrators.

Tom Rayner, the Middle East correspondent for the UK’s Sky News broadcaster, reported on Twitter that “When Abu Ein is unconscious on ground, Israel medic attempts to assist, asks crowd to make space, Palestinians rush him to a vehicle instead.” Rayner also reported that Abu Ein repeatedly asked the Israeli officer he clashed with for his name, calling him a “dog.”

Separate footage from Kremlin broadcaster RT showed Abu Ein sitting in the recovery position and completely conscious following the altercation:

Some Palestinian demonstrators at the scene claimed that Abu Ein had been struck with a rifle and headbutted by the Israeli officer. However, Roi Sharon, a reporter with Israel’s Channel 10 broadcaster, was categorical that there had been no rifle strike.

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  • Israel needs to build 100,000 housing units per year in Judea and Samaria for the next 10 years, It also needs to build 3 superhighway connecting Judea and Samaria to Israel.
    Construct military bases in Judea and Samaria to protect the people and the country.
    Israel also needs to build 50,000 housing units per year in greater Jerusalem and build additional roads and highway in and from Jerusalem.

    Abu Din the terrorist with a life sentence was released from Israeli jail. it seems that every Arab released by Israel from prison is committing worse crimes and terrorist activities against Israel.

    I have always known that Israel had a policy of not negotiating or releasing terrorists. When Israel changed its policy, it has backfired big-time.
    It is time to issue a command to arrest all released Arab Prisoners who continue to commit and promote violence.

    Eventually, Israel may have no choice but to relocate all the Arabs in Greater Israel to Jordan and to the million homes confiscated by the Arab countries from the expelled Jewish people.

    Abu Din a convicted terrorist with a life sentence, released by Israel under exchange with Arabs hostile to Israel.

    Abu Ein previously held the post of PA Deputy Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs, leading a ministry tasked with providing funds to Arab terrorists jailed in Israel to reward them for their crimes.
    Back in June he announced that the ministry was being transferred to Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) control, hinting it was being done to dupe foreign donors and avoid attention over the fact that the PA was bankrolling jailed terrorists in comments translated by Palestinian Media Watch (PMW).

    “We eliminate the international pressure and the attempts to tamper with this issue,” Abu Ein declared. “The (PA) leadership wants to keep this holy issue away from the influence of the donor countries, the interference of the donor countries, and the occasional negative influence of the donor countries.”

    Israel must respond to any violence and hostility with full force, no holds barred.

  • Lynne T

    The PA couldn’t pay a credible forensic lab enough money to risk its reputation to prove the ridiculous claim that Israeli agents poisoned Arafat with polonium, so now they find a member of the inner circle whose days were clearly numbered by his compromised health to stir sentiments up to distract from all the violent attacks that Abu Mazen urged on.