Joint Preliminary Autopsy Report: Ziad Abu Ein Died of Heart Condition, Possibly Caused by Stress

Yesterday, December 10, rioters gathered in Turmus Ayya, near Ramallah. Security forces halted the progress of the rioters into the civilian community of Adei-Ad. The IDF (Zahal) is reviewing the circumstances of the participation of Ziad Abu Ein, and his later death.

Following the incident, the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, Maj. Gen. Yoav (Poli) Mordechai, and his Palestinian counterpart, Hussein Al-Sheikh, agreed that an Israeli pathologist would join a delegation of pathologists from Jordan, for a joint examination of the circumstances of Ziad Abu Ein’s death.

Preliminary Autopsy Report on Ziad Abu Ein

The autopsy was carried out at the forensics institute in Abu Dis. Participating in the autopsy were Dr. Chen Kugel and Dr. Maya Furman from the National Institute of Forensic Medicine, as well as representatives from the Palestinian forensics institute and doctors from Jordan.

The death of Ziad Abu Ein was caused by a blockage of the coronary artery (one of the arteries that supplies blood to the heart) due to hemorrhaging underneath a layer of atherosclerotic plaque. The bleeding could have been caused by stress.

  • Indications of light hemorrhaging and localized pressure were found in his neck.
  • The deceased suffered from ischemic heart disease; blood vessels in his heart were found to be over 80% blocked by plaque. Old scars indicating that he suffered from previous myocardial infarctions were also found.
  • The poor condition of the deceased’s heart caused him to be more sensitive to stress.
  • It is necessary to wait for the medical treatment report before determining more incisive explanations on this matter.
  • Indications of CPR were found.

These preliminary findings will require verification after the results of the investigation and lab results are received.