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Lawyer appeals to Israeli Supreme Court for release of slain Palestinian body

Sept. 7, 2017 11:50 A.M. (Updated: Sept. 9, 2017 4:29 P.M.)
(Raed al-Salhi)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- An appeal was submitted on Thursday to Israel’s Supreme Court, demanding Israel release the body of slain Palestinian Raed al-Salhi, 22, who succumbed to gunshot wounds on Sunday sustained during a detention raid in the al-Duheisha refugee camp in the occupied West Bank district of Bethlehem last month.

Muhammad Mahmoud, a lawyer from the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs, submitted the appeal to release al-Salhi’s remains to the Israeli Supreme Court after the Israeli prosecution ignored a similar appeal presented on Tuesday.

Al-Salhi was shot multiple times in the chest at close range, puncturing his liver, during a predawn military raid on Aug. 9, when he was left bleeding out for an hour and a half before being transferred for treatment at the Hadassah hospital in Jerusalem, where he fell into a coma.

He succumbed to his wounds weeks later.

During the weeks that al-Salhi remained in critical condition in the hospital his family was kept in the dark about his condition. It is common for Palestinian families not to receive any updates or information from Israeli authorities after their relatives are shot or killed by Israeli forces.

After al-Salhi was pronounced dead, his body was transferred from the Hadassah hospital in Jerusalem to the Rishon Lezion hospital in central Israel.

Israel often delays the delivery of Palestinian corpses to their families in the occupied Palestinian territory, and imposes strict conditions on funerals, alleging that funerals of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces leads to “incitement.”

Al-Salhi was the latest Palestinian to be killed during violent Israeli detention raids, which occur on a nightly basis in the West Bank, while scores of others have been injured.

According to Ma'an documentation, al-Salhi was the 55th Palestinian to be killed by an Israeli since the beginning of 2017. During the same time period, 13 Israelis -- almost all of whom were uniformed Israeli officers or settlers residing in Palestinian territory in violation of international law -- were killed by Palestinians.
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