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Autopsy: Palestinian Prisoner Died of 'Extreme Torture' in Israeli Custody

• http://www.commondreams.org, Craig Brown
 Thousands of Palestinians prisoners are holding a hunger strike Sunday after the death of Jaradat and protests have erupted all across the occupied Palestinian territories.

"About 3,000 prisoners announced that they would refuse meals," Sivan Weizman, Israel Prisons Service spokeswoman, told Agence France Presse on Sunday.

Arafat Jaradat died on Saturday in an Israeli jail. Jaradat was not on a hunger strike. Weizman of the Israel Prisons Service claimed that Jaradat died of an "apparent heart attack." Jaradat's family alleged that Jaradat was tortured by his captors and that he was very healthy at the time of his arrest on February 18. Israeli Occupying Forces (IOF) and the Shin Bet had arrested Jaradat at his home in the town of Sa’eer at midnight accusing him of throwing stones at cars at a nearby settlement.

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