US expects full criminal investigation into death of elderly Palestinian-American in West Bank

Ned Price, spokesman for the US State Department. (Photo: via Wikimedia Commons)

The United States said on Tuesday it expects a thorough criminal investigation and full accountability in the case of an elderly Palestinian American who was found dead after being detained by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank, he said. Anadolu news agency reported.

In a statement, State Department spokesman Ned Price said the United States continues to be “deeply concerned about the circumstances” of the death of 80-year-old Omar Abdulmajeed Asad. “We continue to discuss this troubling incident with the Israeli government,” Price said.

“We convey, once again, our deepest condolences and heartfelt condolences to the family of Mr. Asad. The Department of State has no higher priority than the safety and security of American citizens abroad,” Price added.

According to an Israeli army statement on Tuesday, the death of Omar Asad, who had lived in Milwaukee before retiring to his Palestinian hometown of Jiljilya, resulted from “moral failure and poor decision-making. “.

Israeli soldiers arrested Omar Asad, 78, on January 12 at around 3 a.m. during a raid in the occupied West Bank village of Jiljilya, near Ramallah.

Fouad Moutee, head of the village council of Jiljilya, told the official Palestinian news agency WAFA that Asad was returning home from a visit to his relatives when Israeli soldiers stopped his vehicle and took him out, told him blindfolded and handcuffed him, before leaving him in a basement. – construction site building.

At around 4:30 a.m., after Israeli soldiers left the area, residents rushed to the building and found Assad’s lifeless body. Palestinians hold Israeli soldiers responsible for his death.

(The Palestine Chronicle, MEMO, social media)


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