Japan Urges Probe into Minister Abu Ein’s Death

RAMALLAH, December 15, 2014 (WAFA) – The Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a statement published on Monday called for launching immediate investigation into the death of Palestinian Minister Ziad Abu Ein.

The statement said Japan was “shocked” to learn about the incident and expressed hopes that it will not trigger more violence.

Meanwhile, Irish Foreign Minister Charles Flanagan condemned the murder and told Palestine’s ambassador in Ireland, Ahmad Abdul-Razeq, he had instructed Irish ambassador to Tel Aviv to inform the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ireland’s condemnation.

Abu Ein died last Wednesday during a peaceful Olive planting event, during which Israeli Border guards assaulted the protestors and fired teargas canisters from a close range. Abu Ein suffocated and was no longer able to breathe which led to his death.

A video footage released online also showed a member of the border guards unit pushing and grabbing Abu Ein by the throat a few moments before Abu Ein lost consciousness and died.