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Reports | 1.3.1999
Report by HaMoked and B'Tselem dealing with Israel's refusal to return the bodies of Palestinians killed in various circumstances relating to the conflict, thus preventing their families from bringing them to burial. This policy constitutes collective punishment and contradicts international law. The report also emphasizes the great difference in how Israeli state and society respect their own dead and the disrespectful manner in which the State treats the bodies of Palestinians. Many of the bodies held by Israel are buried in a neglectful and demeaning way which also makes future identification very difficult.
The High Court of Justice once again postponed a hearing in HaMoked’s petitions to return the bodies of Palestinians to their families: Despite the fact that under Israeli law and international humanitarian law, Israel must return the bodies of the dead to the families, it continues to avoid carrying out its duty and to mistreat the families
The High Court of Justice rules Israel is not authorized to hold Palestinian corpses: however, the state is granted six months to formulate a legal arrangement regulating this practice (02) 627 1698   (02) 627 6317

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