Photos by: Anne Paq, Yotam Ronen, Oren Ziv, and Ryan Rodrick Beiler from the Activestills photo collective.
The visibly distressed father of deceased Palestinian prisoner Arafat Jaradat after identifying his body at the Abu Kabir Forensic institute, February 24, 2013.
Thousands of Palestinians attended the funeral on Monday of Arafat Jaradat, 30, who died two days earlier in Israeli custody, while under interrogation by Israel’s internal security agency, the Shin Bet. The funeral took place in his village of Sa’ir, near Hebron, in the West Bank.
According to Palestinian officials, the autopsy showed bruising on his shoulder, chest and elbows, as well as fractures in two of his right ribs, all indications that he died from severe torture. A father of two children, Jaradat was married and and his wife is pregnant.
Large numbers of Israeli forces were deployed around Sa’ir during the funeral. Some clashes erupted after the funeral near the village, along with different cities throughout the West Bank, as well as a massive rally in the Gaza Strip. His death comes amid spreading West Bank protests in solidarity with hunger striking prisoners. Israel has been repeatedly condemned by human rights organizations for the use of torture and ill-treatment against Palestinian prisoners. A petition by human rights organizations requesting the interrogation sessions to be filmed was denied.
Thousands congregate at the center of Sa’ir village for the funeral of Arafat Jaradat.
An armed masked man shooting in the air above the crowd.
The body of Arafat Jaradat is carried by the crowd.
Mourners touch Arafat Jaradat’s body as they pay their respects.
Relatives of Arafat Jaradat carry his picture during the funeral.
Palestinians stand on the wall of the cemetery to see the burial of Arafat Jaradat.
Palestinian schoolgirls shout slogans during the funeral.
Palestinian women carry a poster of Arafat Jaradat and chant slogans.
Palestinian youth clash with the Israeli army after the funeral near Road 60 in the nearby village of Beit ‘Einoun.
Palestinian youths pile burning tires against a tower in the Israeli separation wall during clashes in response to the death of Arafat Jaradat, Aida Refugee Camp in the West Bank town of Bethlehem.
Friends evacuate 13-year-old Mohammed al-Kurdi of the Aida Refugee Camp who was shot twice with live ammunition by Israeli forces during clashes reacting to the death of Arafat Jaradat. Reports indicate that he remains in critical condition with bleeding in his liver and lungs. UPDATE: Upon hospitalization and x-rays, doctors determined that al-Kurdi was injured by fragments that may have resulted when bullets struck the pavement near him, striking him in the back, injuring his lungs and liver, and lodging near his spine.
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