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Israeli authorities to release bodies of 2 killed Palestinians held since October

May 23, 2016 10:50 P.M. (Updated: May 24, 2016 10:15 A.M.)
A funeral in the Palestinian refugee camp of Aida in the occupied West Bank, on Oct. 6, 2015. (MaanImages/Emily Mulder, File)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli authorities will reportedly release at midnight on Monday the bodies of two Palestinians killed by Israeli forces in October after allegedly carrying out attacks, a Palestinian rights organization said.

A lawyer for prisoners’ rights group Addameer, Muhammad Mahmud, said in a statement that the bodies of Hassan Manasra,15, and Alaa Abu Jamal, 32, would be handed over to their families for immediate burial, with only 40 people allowed to attend the funeral.

Manasra was shot dead on October 12 after allegedly carrying out a stabbing attack in the illegal settlement of Pisgat Zeev in occupied East Jerusalem, injuring two Israelis ages 13 and 21.

Manasra’s cousin, 14-year-old Ahmad Salih Manasra, was convicted of two counts of attempted murder in the case earlier this month.

Meanwhile, Abu Jamal was killed by Israeli police on October 13, after he rammed his car into a bus stop in West Jerusalem, killing one Israeli and injuring four others.

The families of Manasra and Abu Jamal have been asked to pay deposits of 20,000 shekels ($5,176.65) and 40,000 shekels ($10,353.30) respectively to ensure their compliance with Israeli conditions, Mahmud added.

Manasra’s body will be reportedly handed over for burial at the Al-Asbat gate cemetery, while Abu Jamal is expected to be buried at the Jabal al-Mukabbir cemetery.

Israel currently holds the bodies of at least a dozen Palestinians killed by Israeli forces since October while they were allegedly committing or attempting to commit attacks.

Earlier this month, the Israeli Supreme Court ordered the release of the bodies of nine Palestinian from Jerusalem being withheld by Israel.

The bodies of Maram and Ibrahim Abu Ismail, as well as Fouad Abu Rajab al-Tamimi, were released earlier on Monday.

Israel dramatically increased its policy of withholding bodies since the beginning of a wave of unrest across the occupied Palestinian territory since October, although it has scaled back on the policy in recent months.

A joint statement released in early April by Addameer and the Israeli minority rights group Adalah 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."
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