Palestinian bus driver found hanged in his vehicle in Jerusalem

Marcy Oster

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Riots broke out in eastern Jerusalem following the discovery of a Palestinian bus driver hanged in his bus at a Jerusalem bus terminal.

The body of Egged bus driver Yusuf Hassan al-Ramouni, 32, was discovered late Sunday night. Police told Israeli media that there was no evidence of foul play on the body and believe it was a suicide. The family claims he was killed by “settlers.”

His body has been taken to Abu Kabir Forensic Insitutute in Tel Aviv for an autopsy on Monday. Closed circuit cameras on the bus could provide some insight into the circumstances of the hanging.

Al-Ramouni’s brother, Louy, told Reuters that he saw marks on his brother’s body that indicate he was killed.

“At this point there are no suspicions of foul play. Regarding reports in the foreign press – there were no signs of violence on the body. Nevertheless, in coordination and cooperation with the family, the body will undergo an autopsy in the forensic report institute,” Israel Police said in a statement.

Riots began Sunday night and continued into Monday in several eastern Jerusalem neighborhoods including the Arab and Jewish neighborhood of Abu-Tor, where Ramouni lived with his wife and two young children. Several Palestinian bus drivers reportedly did not show up for work on Monday in apparent protest of the incident.