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Daily Israel Report

Fayyad Hurt by Tear Gas During Weekly Incitement Protest

Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad among several Arabs who were hurt during a riot.
By Elad Benari, Canada
First Publish: 3/1/2013, 9:39 PM

Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad reacts from tear gas
Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad reacts from tear gas
Reuters

Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad was among several PA Arabs who were hurt on Friday as Arabs continued their rioting which has become a routine recently.

The Bethlehem-based Ma’an news agency reported that Fayyad took part in the weekly protest against the fence in the village of Bilin.

The report said that Fayyad inhaled tear gas and began to choke as security forces tried to disperse the weekly riot, in which demonstrators also expressed solidarity with Arafat Jaradat, the terrorist prisoner who died in an Israeli prison last week.

Bilin is one of several hotspots where Arabs, radical leftists and anarchists engage the IDF and Border Police in clashes every Friday, for the purpose of disseminating propaganda footage to the world.

The demonstrators regularly initiate violence during these protests, injuring soldiers who attempt to use non-violent means to disperse them.

Jaradat’s death has given Arabs, who have been rioting on a regular basis for months, a new excuse to protest and clash with security protests.

An initial autopsy confirmed that Jaradat had died of a heart attack, but did not find a cause. That autopsy also ruled out the possibility of torture.

More in-depth findings publicized Thursday confirmed that Jaradat had not been poisoned either, as the PA had claimed. The new data also reconfirmed that Jaradat had not been beaten or tortured.

The United Nations has called for an “independent and transparent” investigation into Jaradat’s death once the autopsy is over.

(Arutz Sheva’s North American Desk is keeping you updated until the start of Shabbat in New York. The time posted automatically on all Arutz Sheva articles, however, is Israeli time.)