Israel to Withhold Bodies of Palestinians Killed by Israeli Forces

Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz. (Photo: via Facebook)

Israel decided on Wednesday to withhold the bodies of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces, in a move slammed by rights groups as “barbaric”.

Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz welcomed the cabinet’s decision, which he said was part of a broader campaign of “deterrence”.

“Not returning terrorist bodies is part of our commitment to the safety of Israeli citizens, and of course to returning the boys home,” Gantz said, referring to the remains of two Israeli soldiers held by Hamas in Gaza following a 2014 Israeli war against the besieged enclave, which killed over 2,000 Palestinians.

Rights group Adalah called Israel’s decision “extreme, barbaric” and “illegal”.

“The policy of using human bodies as bargaining chips violates the most basic universal values and international law which prohibit cruel and inhuman treatment,” they said in a statement.

(Palestine Chronicle, Al-Araby Al-Jadeed, Social Media)

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