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Israel to no longer return bodies of Palestinian attackers

Oct. 14, 2015 2:25 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 1, 2016 8:06 P.M.)
Israeli emergency personnel stand next to the body of a victim following a shooting attack on a bus in the Jerusalem neighbourhood of Armon Hanatsiv, on October 13, 2015. (AFP/Gali Tibbon)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israel's security cabinet decided at a meeting late Tuesday that the bodies of Palestinians shot dead by Israeli forces after carrying out attacks on Israeli citizens would no longer be returned to their families.

The decision, which was among a series of stringent security measures, was taken in order to stem protests that frequently accompany the funerals of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces, a spokesperson for Israel's Public Security Ministry said.

It was proposed by Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, who reportedly said during the cabinet meeting that Palestinian families incite "terrorist attacks" at funerals and raise tensions.

Israeli media reported that Israel will bury the Palestinians' bodies in secret instead of handing them to their families.

The decision came after two Palestinians were shot dead after they killed three Israelis in attacks across Israel and occupied East Jerusalem on Tuesday.

Israel’s security cabinet also decided to "impose a closure on, or to surround, centers of friction and incitement in Jerusalem, in accordance with security considerations," according to reports by Israeli news site Haaretz.

The cabinet also gave approval for the revocation of residency status for Palestinians who carry out attacks as well as the police closure of occupied East Jerusalem.

Israeli rights group B’Tselem has called the Israeli government’s response to recent escalation in the area as "the very inverse of what ought to be done" in realistic efforts to stop current violence.

"The events of recent weeks cannot be viewed in a vacuum, isolated from the reality of the ongoing, daily oppression of 4 million people, with no hope of change in sight," the group said in a statement on Tuesday.
Comments
Jon / USA
Sick, sick, sick. Give them back their loved ones.
14/10/2015 15:44
Joe Fattal / USA
A little trace of religion persecution again in their decision not to returning the bodies of the attackers, knowing Muslims and their tradition to bury their dead according to Islam.
14/10/2015 15:58
Mel / UK
DNA lasts a long time, Israel. As do memories. Zionism is digging Israel's own grave.
14/10/2015 16:06
Julie / USA
this is not israeli security, this is pure israeli revenge, and it's very infantile. but we've learned to expect israeli devils to be most evil, and indeed they are that. sick doesn't even begin to describe the depths of pathology of israel.
14/10/2015 16:58
Outlier / USA
Or a different approach. Escort the immediate family of any attacker to the border within 24 hours and deport them permanently together with the body of their loved one.
14/10/2015 18:04
Colin Wright / USA
'Israel to no longer return bodies of Palestinian attackers' But how are you going to make the Palestinians pay for them, then? Ah well: you can only be evil in so many ways at once, right?
19/10/2015 20:08
Colin Wright / USA
To Outlier: 'Or a different approach. Escort the immediate family of any attacker to the border within 24 hours and deport them permanently together with the body of their loved one.' ? Why would Jordan or Egypt accept so many Jewish settlers? I'm confused.
19/10/2015 20:10
Felixio / USA
Well, well, this Zionist do know how to dig their own grave......
19/10/2015 21:33
Outlier / USA
Colin, first intentionally amusing comment you've ever made! The vast majority sent would still be Palestinians, but fair is fair - it should apply to attackers (not responders) on both side.
20/10/2015 01:34
Colin Wright / USA
Outlier: 'The vast majority sent would still be Palestinians...'

Would they?

The numbers suggest otherwise. How many Palestinians are armed and illegally living in Israel?
20/10/2015 16:35
Outlier / USA
Colin, I do not know and I am pretty sure you also do not know. Big difference between Israel proper and lands where Israel provides security. Still, I am reading lots about unprovoked Palestinian attacks and almost nothing regarding unprovoked Israeli attacks.
20/10/2015 18:13
ian / australia (2)
(contd.) The entire occupation is an "unprovoked Israeli attack" and ALL Palestinian responses to it, no matter how horrible, are, ipso facto, "provoked".
21/10/2015 21:52
ian / australia (1)
"Colin, I do not know and I am pretty sure you also do not know." This is not hard, Outlier. The "big difference" is that Israel is a legitimate state and the "lands where Israel provides security" (as you euphemistically put it) is the territory of ANOTHER state Israel has invaded and is slowly abs
22/10/2015 13:48
ian / australia (2)
(contd.) The entire occupation is an "unprovoked Israeli attack" and ALL Palestinian responses to it, no matter how horrible, are, ipso facto, "provoked".
22/10/2015 13:49
ian / autralia (1)
I'd add, Outlier, that your "different approach", apart from being bogglingly nasty, has the same divorced from reality quality. First, you'd exile innocent family members (like elderly parents and grandchildren) for crimes they didn't commit, which is the definition of collective punishment and state terror, and then assume neighbour states would happily accommodate
22/10/2015 18:05
ian / australia (2)
(contd.) Israeli sadism. Do you really imagine a family with a corpse can just be shunted into another country because it appeals to Israelis as tough on terror? And which borders will they be "escorted to" and shoved over? Not the border with Palestine. The vast majority of people killed in the present spree weren't killed in Israel. They were killed in Palestine.
22/10/2015 18:06
ian / australia (3)
(contd.) Yet you propose their expulsion from a state where Israel has no jurisdiction to another. But congrats. You're thinking like a Israeli with that viciousness they think is strength and the bizarre, divorced-from-reality belief in their special importance which underlies the bottomless reservoir of racism and hate. No offense.
22/10/2015 18:07
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