[News] Palestine - Israel restricts funeral attendance to 30 after 6-month delay in returning body
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May 9, 2016 http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=771444
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) – Israeli forces after midnight Monday returned the
body of 37-year-old Muhammad Abed Nimr who was shot dead in November
after he allegedly attempted to stab an Israeli border policeman in
Jerusalem’s Old City.
Only 30 family members were allowed to partake in the funeral of Nimr, a
native from the Issawiya neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem, at
al-Mujahidin cemetery in Jerusalem's Old City, said Muhammad Mahmoud, a
lawyer for prisoners’ rights group Addameer who attended the funeral.
Mahmoud said a large number of Israeli forces were deployed around Salah
al-Din Street and Bab al-Sahira (Herod’s gate) as Nimr’s body was
delivered to the family.
The Israeli Supreme Court ordered Israeli intelligence last week to
return all bodies of Palestinians still being held before the holy month
of Ramadan that begins in June, Mahmoud told Ma’an, following an appeal
submitted by Addameer in March to release the bodies.
“Only doctors and anatomy experts can determine whether there have been
any organ thefts,” Mahmoud added.
Despite his deep grief, Nimr’s father said his family felt some relief
after months of suffering and waiting. “I wish that all martyrs detained
by Israel will be returned and buried in the coming few days,” he added.
Eleven bodies of Jerusalemite Palestinians are still held by the Israeli
intelligence, five of whom have been detained since October 2015.
Israel began holding bodies of Palestinians killed while carrying out
attacks or attempting to carry out attacks when unrest increased in
October, but began reversing the policy in November following uproar
from Palestinian families and communities.
Senior Palestine Liberation Organization official Saeb Erekat urged the
international community on March 4 to pressure Israel to release the
bodies of Palestinians shot dead by Israeli forces while allegedly
carrying out attacks.
He said: "Israel's collective punishments are now being carried out
against the living and the dead."
A joint statement released by Addameer and Israeli minority rights group
Adalah in March condemned Israel’s practice of withholding bodies as "a
severe violation of international humanitarian law as well as
international human rights law, including violations of the right to
dignity, freedom of religion, and the right to practice culture."
The statement said it appeared "many" of the Palestinians whose bodies
Israel was holding had been "extra-judicially executed by Israeli forces
during alleged attacks against Israelis, despite posing no danger."
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