Concerns that Israel is facing the start of a third intifada (or terrorist uprising) were put to rest, at least temporarily, as Palestinian violence in Judea and Samaria (the so-called "West Bank") appeared to be simmering down on Tuesday.
Over the weekend, Palestinian mobs assaulted Israeli soldiers and civilians across Judea and Samaria in solidarity with hunger-striking jailed Palestinian terrorists and in response to the reported death of a Palestinian detainee while undergoing questioning by Israeli authorities.
Arafat Jaradat, an inmate at Meggido Prison in northern Israel, died under fuzzy circumstances on Saturday, giving rise to the violence.
A joint Israeli-Palestinian autopsy conducted on Sunday was unable to conclusively determine a cause of death, though a heart attack is suspected. The autopsy noted mild bruising and minor rib fractures, but noted they were consistent with resuscitation efforts.
Never allowing the facts to get in the way of a good blood libel, the Palestinian Authority issued a statement claiming that Jaradat had died as a result of torture, and that the autopsy had proved as much.
At a demonstration in Gaza, Hamas leader Salah al-Bardawil vowed that Jaradat's death would be the catalyst for "a new Palestinian intifada...in support of the prisoners."
Palestinians across the board, from Hamas to the "moderate" Mahmoud Abbas, demand that Israel set free all jailed Palestinians as a condition for peace, regardless of how much Jewish blood said prisoners have spilled, or tried to spill.
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