Israeli authorities Friday evening returned the body of 18-year-old Majd al-Khadour to a Palestinian liaison and a representative of the family for burial in the village of Bani Naim in the southern occupied West Bank district of (Al-Khalil) Hebron. Her body was held for seven months.
A Palestinian Red Crescent ambulance took the body to the al-Ahli hospital in Hebron. The body is expected to be examined by doctors and buried on Saturday following Duhr (noon) prayers.
Al-Khadour was shot and killed by Israeli forces on June 24 after they alleged that the teen attempted to carry out a vehicular attack after her car crashed into a stationary vehicle, lightly injuring two Israelis near the entrance of the illegal Kiryat Arba settlement.
A 19 year-old Majd al-Khadour was shot & killed by Israel today. This beautiful baby girl is her daughter, Palestine pic.twitter.com/HDsk04sQ8l
— صايل (@SayeelPali) June 24, 2016
The circumstances of the incident were contested at the time, with some Palestinian social media outlets reporting that eyewitnesses told them the incident appeared to be a car accident, not a premeditated attack.
Video released by Palestinian media of the incident, however, appear to show the car speeding towards a small junction popular for hitchhikers which usually has Israeli military personnel stationed there.
Al-Khadour was among 254 Palestinians to be killed by Israeli forces since a wave of unrest across the occupied West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Israel began in October 2015, according to Ma’an documentation.
Majd Al-Khadour, 18, kemalangan trafik. Difitnahkan tentera Zionis konon sengaja melanggar. Lalu dihujani peluru. pic.twitter.com/n7Q8EANcQc
— Malek Hussin (@AbdMalekHussin) June 25, 2016
Amid the violence, Israeli authorities dramatically escalated a policy of withholding Palestinian bodies killed by Israeli forces under the claim that funerals of Palestinians had provided grounds for “incitement” against the Israeli state.
A joint statement released by Addameer and Israeli minority rights group Adalah in March 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.”
— Abbs Winston (@AbbsWinston) June 24, 2016
PLO official Saeb Erekat has also urged the international community to pressure Israel to release Palestinian bodies held by Israeli, saying: “Israel’s collective punishments are now being carried out against the living and the dead.”
(Ma’an, PC, Social Media)