Will Guardian report on Palestinian prisoner who died in ‘Palestinian Authority’ prison?

H/T This Ongoing War

On Feb. 25 we commented on the Guardian’s coverage of the death of Arafat Jaradat in an Israeli prison.  

Phoebe Greenwood led her Feb. 24 Guardian report with completely unsubstantiated claims by the Palestinian Authority that Jaradat, an Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade member who was arrested on Feb. 18 due to his alleged involvement in a rock-throwing attack that injured an Israeli, died as the result of torture.  

Jaradat’s death, and subsequent funeral, inspired several days of rioting in the West Bank. 

The Guardian published two stories on Jaradat’s death in two days.

pal prisoner

We noted in our post that Israeli pathologists involved in Jaradat’s autopsy were awaiting the results of tests which would help determine the cause of the death and whether there was any credence to charges that he was tortured.

On Thursday, Feb. 28, Israeli authorities published the first results of the pathologists’ tests. 

Times of Israel wrote the following:

The preliminary results of Arafat Jaradat’s autopsy reveal no signs of violence or poisoning, Israeli pathologists revealed Thursday, contradicting previous statements by a Palestinian doctor who attended the procedure.

A team of Israeli doctors headed by Professor Yehuda Hiss of the Abu Kabir Forensic Institute, Professor Arnon Afek, the Health Ministry’s Director of Health Administration, and Professor Iris Barshack, chief pathologist at the Sheba Medical Center, reported based on an examination of microscopic remains from the late Jaradat’s body that “no evidence was found of poisoning and no evidence was found of physical violence. According to a statement by the Health Ministry, Jaradat’s internal bleeding and fractured bones were characteristic of the 50 minutes of resuscitation attempts made by prison staff and emergency response staff to save his life. The forensic institute will continue to conduct examinations in order to determine Jaradat’s cause of death.”

Whilst the question of whether Greenwood, or anyone else at the Guardian, will update the story on Jaradat to include the latest evidence regarding his death is worth raising, another parallel event has occurred which may serve as an effective barometer on the consistency of the Guardian’s coverage. 

The following was reported at Ma’an News Agency on May 1.

A prisoner being held in a Palestinian Authority jail in Jericho died on Friday, a senior Palestinian official said.

Ayman Mohammad Sharif Samara, 40, died while being detained on charges of assault, Palestinian Authority attorney general Muhammad Abdul-Ghani al-Uweiwi told Ma’an.

He was arrested on Friday and transferred to a nearby hospital, where he passed away, al-Uweiwi said.

The PA attorney general denied that the prisoner was tortured or beaten during interrogations and said that an autopsy would be performed and the results made public once completed.

In addition to the question of whether Ayman Mohammad Sharif Samara will get a “hero’s welcome” by Palestinians after his funeral, it will be interesting to see if the Guardian devotes any coverage at all to the Palestinian prisoner’s death while in Palestinian Authority custody.

You may wish to Tweet the Guardian’s Harriet Sherwood, or Phoebe Greenwood, to pique their interest in the story.

UPDATE: An AP feed on the Guardian’s site carried this report on the death of Samara.

15 replies »

      • Oh, by all means don’t mention it.
        It cannot possibly be equated with the lachrymose outpourings we’ve had from their in-house staff, and, as you have documented, the obsessive hacking at every possible aspect of what turned out to be a complete non-story.

  1. Will Guardian report on Palestinian prisoner who died in ‘Palestinian Authority’ prison?
    Maybe it will.
    Ver. #1: A Palestinian prisoner died during interrogation in a Jericho jail on the occupied territories.
    Ver.#2: The Palestinian Authority – a craven and opportunistic group of corrupt politicians and businessmen in the service of the Israeli government denies that a Hamas militant freedom-fighter died in his cell in the Jericho jail.
    Ver#.3: A prisoner in the Palestinian Authority jail has been murdered by secret Israeli agents who sent rats (trained by Mossad experts) to carry Polonium into his cell. The PA and the UN demand an international investigation, the Israelis say they can’t comment.

      • I allways thought that the lizards were shape shifters ?? Or masqueraded as journobots at Al-Guardian ??

        • No no no. You got it all wrong! Haven’t you been paying attention?
          It’s not the Lizards which are at the G.
          It’s the Slitheen…

          The funny thing about the Slitheen is that they mention these funny bunch:

          “One of the Slitheen mentions the “Intergalactic Police”, implied to be the Judoon, stopping them, and the Judoon are later mentioned by name as trying to ‘force them out'”

          And we all know what Judoons are great at (and who would many below the line in CIF likens them to)…
          “Judoon are galactic police, brutal in their precise application of the law and highly logical in their battle tactics, but not very intelligent. In fact, the Doctor states that, whilst their behaviour is (on the surface) that of a military police force, they are really little more than “interplanetary thugs”. They have no jurisdiction on Earth”

          And guess what,
          The Judoons blood is yellow (might have worn the yellow star far too long), and they wear black armour and heavy boots.
          SS style.
          All the things those Slitheen from the Guardians hate…

          Enough with unrelated sarcasm. Don’t you worry, though, I intend to keep my day job.

          • Sounds like its time to fire up the TARDIS charge up the sonic screwdriver and give K9 a bone and pay Al-Guardian a visit

    • The ‘Graun’ could also say that he was a ‘collaborator’, which would be shorthand for ‘the bastard deserved it’.

  2. Why would they? Do they report about the tens of thousands who are still missing in Iran? Do they report about the thousands who died trying to flee Cuba? One standard for the west another for regimes papers like the G are willing to turn a blind eye towards.

    • Speaking og Al-guardian’s support for despotic dictators it looks like Venezuela’s hugo chaves is not long for this world and chaves finally clocks of no doubt Al-Guardian will do a stomach churning obituary for chaves on the other hand Al-Guardian no doubt will ignore any of those fighting or fleeing chaves regime

  3. I should point out 9/11 denier Richard Falk has on his site now calling for an investigation for Arafat Jaradat.

    Falk has barred from his site cause he has an apartheid policy of only allowing Israel hater to post on his site.
    Can someone post on Falk’s site why he’s not investigating the death of
    Ayman Mohammad Sharif Samara in the PA jail?
    Also ask Falk, why he cant condemn Hamas for murdering Palestinians on motorcycle’s for just being rivals of Hamas. Just google the name Ribhi Badawi.
    Or here’s the article.
    Hamas victim dragged through the streets of Gaza City Tuesday by motorcycle was no collaborator, widow says
    It was a sight that shocked the world — the corpse of Ribhi Badawi being dragged through the streets of Gaza City Tuesday by a motorcycle as Hamas gunmen fired into the air.
    Comments (26)
    Matthew Kalman
    NOVEMBER 26, 2012