US Urges Probe of Death of Palestinian American Assaulted by Israeli Forces

DAYS OF PALESTINE – WEST BANK – Omar Abdalmajeed As’ad, Palestinian American man died Wednesday after being cuffed, abused and detained by Israeli occupation forces in the occupied West Bank, prompting U.S. officials to call for an investigation into the circumstances of his death.

The victim, As’ad, was returning home from visiting relatives when the Israeli occupation forces stopped him in Jaljulya village, according to a statement by the Palestinian health ministry. Witnesses told Palestinian media that he was handcuffed and led away about 3 a.m. Wednesday.

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As’ad was later found unresponsive by a resident walking in the neighborhood. Photographs circulating on social media showed a black plastic tie around at least one of his wrists.

“He was lying face down on the ground, and when we turned him over we found an elderly man with no sign of life,” the resident, Mamdouh Elaboud, told Reuters.

After a local physician tried unsuccessfully to revive As’ad, he was taken to a Ramallah hospital where his body was being held until an autopsy can be performed.

As’ad had a history of cardiac and respiratory illness, according to his family.

“I don’t understand how a man that age can be considered a danger,” a brother of the victim told the Israeli newspaper Haaretz. “They handcuffed him and shoved him. I have no doubt what he went through caused his death.”
As’ad had spent much of his adult life in Milwaukee and had moved back to the West Bank about a decade ago, according to his family.

U.S. State Department spokesman Ned Price said U.S. officials had requested “clarification” from the Israeli occupation of the events surrounding As’ad’s death.

“We support a thorough investigation into the circumstances,” Price told reporters.

(Source / 13.01.2022)

Israeli Occupation Forces Storm West Bank, Injure Palestinian

DAYS OF PALESTINE – WEST BANK – Israeli occupation forces stormed, on Thursday at dawn, Tubas city in the northeastern West Bank, leading to protests, before shooting a Palestinian man with a live bullet.

Palestinian sources said several army jeeps invaded the city before the soldiers shot the Palestinian man with a live bullet in the arm during protests that erupted after the soldiers stormed and searched homes.

Kamal Bani Odah, the head of the Tubas office of the Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) said the soldiers invaded and ransacked the homes of two Palestinian siblings, identified as Hatem and Samer Abu Khader, in addition to Sameh Samer Abu Khader.

In related news, the soldiers invaded the Jabal al-Mawaleh area, in the center of Bethlehem city in the West Bank, before storming and ransacking Jawad Jawareesh home, a Palestinian prisoner, and his brother Mahmoud, in addition to Moayyad Rezeq.

The Israeli occupation forces also invaded ‘Aida refugee camp, Hindaza mountain area in addition to Rafida and Rakhma, in Bethlehem governorate.

(Source / 13.01.2022)

Five Palestinian Female Prisoners Infect with Covid-19 in Israeli Jail

Days of Palestine – Ramallah – Five Palestinian female prisoners were infected with coronavirus in Israeli Damon jail, including the prisoner Mona Q’adan.

Tareq Qa’ad said to Safa News Agency that his sister, Mona, was infected with Covid-19 as her lawyer informed them that her court session was canceled, which was scheduled to be held today.

The Prisoners Affairs said in a statement that the Israeli prisons administration transfer a group of Palestinian female prisoners to the quarantine as they were infected with the coronavirus.

Palestinian figures show that Israel continues to detain 4,850 Palestinians, including 40 women and 225 children, along with 540 who are detained with no charge or trial, under Israeli administrative detention policy.

(Source / 13.01.2022)