UN calls on Israel to conduct prompt, transparent probe into death of Palestinian minister

Israeli pathologists from the Abu Kabir Forensics Institute in Tel Aviv will join pathologists from Jordan to investigate the death.

By JPOST.COM STAFF,
December 10, 2014 16:24
1 minute read.
Ziad Abu Ein

Palestinian minister Ziad Abu Ein (L) scuffles with an Israeli border policeman near the West Bank city of Ramallah December 10, 2014. . (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later

UN Mideast envoy Robert Serry called on Israel to promptly investigate the death of the Palestinian Authority minister who died shortly after being involved in clashes with Israeli security forces in the West Bank on Wednesday .

A statement from his office said that Serry "is deeply saddened by the death of Minister Ziad Abu Ein who died today during protest activity in the village of Turmusiya, near Ramallah, which resulted in clashes with Israeli security forces. He expresses his condolences to Minister Abu Ein’s family, the Palestinian people and its leadership."

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


"The Special Coordinator urges the Israeli authorities to conduct a prompt, thorough and transparent investigation into the circumstance of his death and appeals for calm," he added.   

The IDF spokesperson released a statement on Wednesday afternoon saying that Israeli pathologists from the Abu Kabir Forensics Institute in Tel Aviv would join pathologists from Jordan to investigate Abu Ein's cause of  death.

The army said that the Jordanian pathologists were on their way to begin the investigation. It was not clear whether the probe would take place in Israel or in the West Bank.
 
EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said Wednesday that  reports of excessive use of force by Israeli security forces are "extremely worrying."

"I call for an immediate, independent investigation into Minister Abu Ein's death. This is a dramatic reminder for the entire international community of the deteriorating situation on the ground," she said.

Mogherini in a written statement, said she expected all sides to exercise maximum restraint  and to avoid all actions that would further raise tensions.

JPOST VIDEOS THAT MIGHT INTEREST YOU:


The 55-year-old minister was taking part in a protest against Israeli settlements when he was involved in the clashes.

According to IDF sources, the military initially believed that his death was the result of a heart attack but was investigating.

The Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories Maj.-Gen. Yoav Mordechai and his counterpart from the Palestinian Authority, Hussein Hashaikh will jointly investigate Abu Ein's death, the army said. 







Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

November 17, 2018
Egyptian intelligence officials attend Hamas rally

By KHALED ABU TOAMEH