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Fatah official: Israel murdered Ziad Abu Ein, another example of Israel’s “arrogance and savagery”

“Fatah Central Committee member Dr. Saeb Erekat strongly condemned the killing of Minister Ziad Abu Ein by the occupation forces, and said: ‘The killing of Minister Abu Ein is an additional example of the arrogance and savagery of the Israeli occupation, and of its continuing aggression and crimes against our defenseless Palestinian people.’… Erekat said: ‘We hold the Israeli government fully responsible for the killing of Minister Abu Ein and for its systematic crimes against the Palestinian people. This new murder will have severe consequences, and the Palestinian leadership is presently considering its response.’”

Note: Ziad Abu Ein - Fatah Revolutionary Council member and head of the PA Committee to Resist Settlements and the Wall. Abu Ein died on Dec. 10, 2014 at ‎a demonstration in the West Bank that ‎turned violent. Immediately following his ‎death, PA and Fatah leaders claimed that ‎Abu Ein was murdered. Footage from the ‎event shows Abu Ein in an altercation with ‎an Israeli soldier who grabbed Abu Ein by ‎the neck, and later shows Abu Ein on the ground clutching his chest in pain. The ‎autopsy, which was overseen by Israeli and ‎Palestinian pathologists, revealed that the ‎cause of death was a heart attack, but ‎disagreement remains over the extent to which the altercation with Israeli forces may have caused ‎the heart attack. Palestinians have ‎continued to describe Abu Ein's death as a ‎‎"murder" and "assassination" by Israel.‎