Thousands attend funeral of Palestinian detainee who died in Israeli prison
Over 10,000 Palestinians attended the funeral procession on Monday for the detainee Arafat Jadarat, who died on Saturday in Meggido Prison at the age of 30. The funeral ended without disturbances, however the IDF remains on high alert in anticipation of continued riots.
The funeral procession made its way from Hebron to the nearby village of Sa'ir, where Jaradat lived. In order to enable the movement of the masses of participants attending the funeral, and in an attempt to prevent friction with the settlers and IDF soldiers, Highway 60 between Gush Etzion and Hebron has been closed.
A senior Fatah official, Azzam al-Ahmed, said Monday that the Palestinian Authority is supporting and encouraging the increase in confrontations on the West Bank. "Resistance is a natural right, and we are all in agreement about popular resistance," he said.
PA officials rejected on Sunday Israeli accusations that PA officials are exacerbating the situation in the region in an attempt to ignite a third intifada. At the same time, PA officials are not concealing their fear of losing control over the Palestinian street, if the escalation continues.