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Fatah spokesman: Abu Ein's “murder” was “premeditated”

“[Fatah] Central Committee member Mahmoud Al-Aloul said we must conserve Martyr (Shahid) Ziad Abu Ein’s ideas, stay loyal to him, and move forward on the path of popular resistance, calling Abu Ein’s [death] a great loss to the Palestinian people. Al-Aloul made his statements during his visit to the [PA] Committee to Resist Settlements and the Wall, to offer his condolences over Abu Ein’s death as a Martyr and to meet the Committee’s members, accompanied by Fatah spokesman Ahmad Assaf… Assaf said the murder of Abu Ein had been premeditated and not incidental, and that the best proof of this was the fact that he was physically attacked when he arrived, [because they] thought that by murdering him, they would succeed in killing the popular resistance. In addition, he emphasized that the murder was proof that the popular resistance disturbed the occupation’s peace of mind, and that we will complete the journey, whatever the price.”

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.‎