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Abu Khdeir family rejects Israeli condolences for son's death

July 8, 2014 1:07 P.M. (Updated: July 8, 2014 12:47 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- The family of Muhammad Abu Khdeir said Monday that they “refused to welcome” the former Israeli president in a condolences tent in their house in Shufat.

A family member told Ma'an that the “body guards of Shimon Peres came to the tent earlier to prepare for his visit” but the family refused to receive him.

The relative said that Muhammad’s father received “dozens of phone calls from foreigners and Israelis paying their condolences, but he did not realize one of them was (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu and was surprised when media published this.”

He highlighted that the family rejected the Israeli prime minister’s condolences and said that “we refuse to accept the condolences of someone who agrees on the murder of our people in Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza.”

The family added that the Israeli government was covering up the attacks of Israeli settlers and did not punish them.

When the body of Abu Khdeir was discovered, it was found lying in a "pugilistic stance," which is evidence that he was burnt alive, a medical source told Ma’an a day earlier.

A pugilistic stance is seen in severely burnt bodies. It is characterized by flexion of elbows, knees, hip, neck and clenching of hand into a fist. The high temperatures of fire cause muscles to stiffen and shorten.

The source added that Abu Khdeir’s body sustained forth degree burns which caused his death. In addition, Abu Khdeir was hit by a sharp object at the right side of his head, according to the source, who had information about the autopsy.

He added that the remains of the victim’s clothes will be tested to try and determine the type of fuel spilt on the body before it was burnt.

Furthermore, two separate final autopsy reports will be released - one by the Israelis and another by the Palestinians - citing all the details about the cause of death.

For his part, undersecretary of the Palestinian ministry of justice Iyad Tayyim told Ma’an that the ministry received a six-page autopsy report, which is being studied.

Asked about taking the case to the International Criminal Court, Tayyim said that such a step necessitates a political decision. The ministry’s task, he added, is to prepare the legal proceedings and hand them to the political leadership.

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