HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli authorities on Friday evening released the body of Abd al-Fattah al-Sharif, the Palestinian whose cold-blooded killing by an Israeli soldier in March was caught on film, sparking international outrage.The Palestinian Civil Affairs Committee said al-Sharif’s body was returned and taken to Hebron’s al-Ahli hospital. Al-Sharif's family told Ma'an his funeral would be held on Saturday afternoon, and that they have rejected all Israeli authorities’ conditions for the release of his body.
Al-Qasrawi was killed immediately, while al-Sharif was left severely wounded for several minutes without treatment, before an Israeli soldier stepped forward and put a bullet through his head, killing him.
A graphic video released by B’Tselem capturing the incident was met with wide condemnation from rights groups and international bodies, with the UN demanding an investigation
into the soldier's apparent "extrajudicial execution."
A funeral was held for al-Qasrawi
after his body was returned days after the incident, while Israeli authorities continued to hold al-Sharif, with his family demanding that a Palestinian coroner partake in the autopsy.
Israel's top court subsequently refused
the demand, though permitted a Palestinian doctor to observe the autopsy. The autopsy, performed by an Israeli coroner, confirmed
that al-Sharif was still alive before he was shot at point-blank range.
Following the autopsy, al-Sharif’s family said they would file legal procedures against the Israeli army in front of an Israeli court.
Elor Azarya, the Israeli soldier who killed al-Sharif, was later charged with manslaughter rather than murder as had been expected. Azarya is being held on a military base in “open detention” where he is free to roam and has received visits from his family. His trial opened
earlier this month.
Israeli Minister of Public Security Gilad Erdan announced on Tuesday that he had ordered Israeli police to suspend the return of bodies
of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces, after seeing footage of a crowd gathering outside the funeral of one such slain Palestinian, chanting slogans such as “God is great," which Erdan deemed to qualify as “incitement.”
However earlier on Friday, and in spite of the order, Israeli authorities also returned the body of a 17-year-old Palestinian girl
shot dead by Israeli forces during an alleged stab attack on Monday. A spokesperson for the Israeli ministry of public security was not available for immediate comment on reasons for Sawsan Daoud Ali Mansour's and al-Sharif's bodies being returned during the suspension, or if the suspension had been removed.
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."
The statement said it appeared "many" of the Palestinians whose bodies Israel was holding had been "extrajudicially executed by Israeli forces during alleged attacks against Israelis, despite posing no danger."
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.