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Rajoub: Abu Ein's death will spark uprising, not violence

Senior Fatah officials blame Israel for the death of Palestinian Cabinet Minister Ziad Abu Ein, as does Jibril Rajoub, who says that in spite of the death of a “man of peace,” the nonviolent uprising will continue, while Israel fears escalation.
Palestinian honor guards carry the coffin of Palestinian minister Ziad Abu Ein during his funeral in the West Bank city of Ramallah December 11, 2014. Thousands of mourners turned out on Thursday for a Palestinian state funeral for a minister who died after being grabbed by the neck by an Israeli policeman at a West Bank protest, an incident that has raised tensions with Israel. Israeli and Palestinian officials issued conflicting accounts over the results of a joint Palestinian, Jordanian and Israeli autop
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In an unusual move, the State of Israel expressed sorrow over the death of Palestinian Minister for Settlement Affairs Ziad Abu Ein, even before the autopsy results had been released. The reason was clear: Israel is concerned that Abu Ein’s death will rekindle the unrest in the territories now that the recent wave of violence has been curbed.

“We regret Abu Ein’s death and the matter is under investigation. We have proposed to the Palestinian Authority [PA] to conduct a joint inquiry, and a joint autopsy of Abu Ein’s body will be carried out. Security stability is important to both sides and we will pursue this coordination vis-a-vis the [PA],” Defense Minister Moshe "Bogie" Ya’alon said in a press release.

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