The body of a Palestinian whose brutal killing was caught on film sparking international outcry is still being held by Israeli authorities, with his family demanding a Palestinian coroner partake in the autopsy.
A spokesman for the family of Abed al-Fattah al-Sharif told Ma’an, “we reject the Israeli offer that a Palestinian doctor just be present at the autopsy; we demand that he takes part in the autopsy as well.”
“The family will decide on the legal and medical procedures following the autopsy,” he added.
Al-Sharif was shot alongside Ramzi Aziz al-Qasrawi after the two allegedly stabbed and moderately wounded an Israeli soldier at a military checkpoint on Thursday in the Tel Rumeida area of Hebron.
Al-Qasrawi was killed immediately and al-Sharif — after lying motionless on the pavement for several minutes — was shot in the head at point-blank range by an Israeli soldier.
Al-Sharif’s body was evacuated shortly after the second shooting and is still being held in Israeli custody.
Graphic footage of al-Sharif’s killing was filmed by a rights worker and resident of the area, which has since gone viral.
The Palestinian who caught the event on film told Ma’an he received threats the following day from Israeli settlers living illegally in the area and said he now feared for his and his family’s safety.
The body of al-Qasrawi was buried in a funeral Saturday attended by hundreds of Palestinians in the Hebron neighborhood of Wadi al-Hariya.
A Palestinian coroner responsible for performing autopsies on the bodies of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces condemned in December the practice by Israeli authorities to demand Palestinian bodies be buried immediately.
Head of Al-Quds University’s Institute for Forensic Medicine, Sabir al-Aloul, said Israel’s conditional handover of bodies prevents autopsies from being carried out.