Israel Exonerates Soldier from Killing of Minister Abu Ein

RAMALLAH, January7, 2015 (WAFA) – The Israeli soldier whose direct violence triggered the death of Minister Ziad Abu Ein early December 2014, was acquitted on all after a military investigation.

An Israeli television broadcast revealed that an investigation conducted by the Israeli army’s General Officer in Central Command Nitzan Alon, absolved the soldier of wrongdoing against the late Minister without portfolio, Abu Ein’s Death.

The Army’s General Commander stated that the soldier acted properly at the time of the confrontations when soldiers scuffled with Palestinians peacefully rallying near the Ramallah village of Turmusaiya, on the occasion of the United Nations designated ‘International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People’.

Videos circulating on social media showed that Abu Ein was grabbed by his throat and hit in the chest by the butt of an Israeli soldier’s gun. He was severely assaulted by Israeli soldiers before he fully collapsed to the ground. Abu Ein went into a coma and was later pronounced dead.

An autopsy run by Palestinian, and Jordanian pathologists, along with an Israeli forensic doctor who also joined the examination, showed that the minister’s death was caused from being struck and from inhaling tear gas.

The autopsy on Abu Ein’s body showed that ‘blockage of the main coronary arteries that deliver oxygenated blood to the heart muscle were caused by hemorrhaging under the plaque layer. The change in the layer (bleeding) can be caused by stress,’ reported media outlets based on the revelation of the health ministry in Jerusalem.

The autopsy also showed that Abu Ein also suffered from a wounding to his front teeth, bruises on the tongue, neck, from both right and left sides, and further bruises on the thyroid cartilage. The results revealed traces of teargas.

Israeli media reported on the Israeli doctor who participated in the autopsy, Hen Kugel saying that the wounding to Abu Ein’s teeth and windpipe does not matter, and that he died because of his heart and stress.