Jan. 14 UPDATE:
United Press International Corrects
In response to communication from CAMERA, UPI commendably amended the headline and article to remove the unfounded claim that the man died while in custody of the Israeli military. In addition, editors appended a note to the bottom of the article alerting readers to the changes. See below for a detailed update.
Palestinian news agency WAFA reported that an elderly Palestinian-American was found dead in a village near Ramallah after being detained by the Israeli military, and according to the Israel Defense Forces, the army detained the man, then released him alive.
The Israeli military confirmed he had been held by soldiers "after resisting a security inspection," but said he was then released and only later, in the morning, found dead near his village.
The Israeli military said it had carried out an overnight operation in the village, and that a Palestinian was "apprehended after resisting a check". It said he was alive when the soldiers released him.
"An initial inquiry by the commanders at the scene indicated that during the inspection process aPalestinianwas apprehended after resisting a check, and he was released later that night," the army said in a statement.
It’s unclear when he died. . . .The Israeli military said in a statement Wednesday that Asaad was arrested “after resisting a check” and was released later that night, implying he was alive.
The Israeli military confirmed As'ad had been held by soldiers after resisting a security inspection, and the Military Police Criminal Investigation Division is set to launch a formal investigation.
Jan. 14 Update: UPI Corrects
In response to communication from CAMERA, UPI yesterday commendably amended both the headline and the accompanying article. The headline now accurately reports: "80-year-old Palestinian man dies after being detained by Israeli military in West Bank." In addition, the amended article now begins:
An 80-year-old Palestinian man died after being detained by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday.
Furthermore, editors commendably appended the following information to the bottom of the story alerting readers to the correction:
This article has been updated to correct the fact that Abdalmajeed As'ad did not die in Israeli military custody.