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Wisconsin senator, representative request probe of Palestinian-American's death

Omar Asaad
Posted at 6:21 AM, Feb 01, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-01 07:21:22-05

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Two members of Wisconsin's congressional delegation are asking the Biden administration to investigate the death of a former Milwaukee resident in the West Bank.

U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin and Rep. Gwen Moore sent a letter Monday to Secretary of State Antony Blinken asking for a investigation into the Jan. 12 death of 78-year-old Omar Assad.

He died after Israeli troops stopped him at a checkpoint in the village of Jiljilya. An autopsy found he died of a heart attack caused by “external violence.”

Assad's family says he was born in Jiljilya but lived in Milwaukee for about three decades and became a U.S. citizen before returning to the village to retire in 2009.

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