Israel Hands Over Seven Bodies of Palestinian Assailants

The transfer took place after the relatives of five West Bank assailants filed a petition with the High Court.

Mourners carry the body of of 38-year-old Palestinian Iyad Hamed, 38, during his funeral in Silwad after he was killed by Israeli troops. August 26, 2016.
Abbas Momani, AFP

Israel completed the transfer of seven bodies of Palestinians who carried out terrorist attacks to their families on Friday, so that they may be buried. According to the IDF, the bodies were handed over following government instruction to do so.

The transfer took place after the relatives of five West Bank assailants filed a petition with the High Court. Last week, the state responded to the petition saying that it intends to hand over seven of the ten bodies held by the IDF.

Last week, the state responded to the petition saying that it will hand over the bodies to the families of the deceased only if they agree to the Israel Defense Forces' conditions regarding the funerals. The three remaining bodies belong to terrorists affiliated with the Hamas group in Gaza, and thus will not be handed over.

The State Attorney filed its pre-hearing statement to the High Court in response to a petition filed by the relatives of five West Bank assailants, whose bodies are being held by the IDF. The petition asked that the court instruct the state to hand over the bodies, so that they may be buried.   

The statement said that the security cabinet held a long and in-depth discussion on the subject on Wednesday, and that the members decided that, "Already at this stage it is possible to take action and return seven out of 10 bodies discussed in different petitions." However, the return of the bodies would only take place if the families of the assailants agree to all of Israel's demands "which are intended to assure that the funerals don't turn into displays of incitement and support for terrorism."