The broken ribs that Palestinian Authority prisoner Arafat Jarakat suffered were due to resuscitation efforts, Israel officials announced Thursday. Jarakat died last Saturday and the Palestinian Authority immediately claimed he was tortured to death.
An initial autopsy, in the presence of a PA doctor and legal team, revealed that there were no signs of violence on his body. The PA rejected the findings, and thousands of Arabs in Judea, Samaria and Gaza rioted and threw firebombs and rocks at soldiers and Israeli motorists.
An update on the autopsy released by Israel on Thursday staged, “It was found that the hemorrhages and fractured ribs found during the autopsy occurred close to death and are characteristic of the resuscitation attempts that were performed on the deceased by Prison Service and MDA medical staff for 50 minutes in an effort to save his life.”
The examination of microscopic findings was made NationalCenter for Forensic Medicine Director Prof. Yehuda Hiss, Health Ministry Medical Administration Director Prof. Arnon Afek, and TelHaShomerHospital’s Pathology Institute Director Prof. Iris Barshack.
“No signs of other contusions were found. The toxicology tests were also negative,” they stated.
“There were no signs of significant change due to illness in other organs that could indicate cause of death; therefore, further tests to determine the cause will be performed.”