Foreign Minister Bob Carr today said the Australian Embassy in Tel Aviv had contacted Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs to raise the case of Mr Arafat Jaradat who died while in custody on February 23.
Senator Carr said Israeli authorities had confirmed that Mr Jaradat's death was now the subject of a police investigation.
"Israeli authorities are aware of the significant international interest in this issue," Senator Carr said.
"I welcome Israel's confirmation that an investigation is under way
"It is important the circumstances of this death be thoroughly examined."
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