PA demands bodies of 5 Hamas terrorists recovered from terror tunnel be returned

Abbas’ PA government decries holding the bodies of the 5 dead terrorists is part Israel’s collective punishment policy “against the Palestinian people and the families of the shaheedim [Muslim martyrs]” and a “violation of all international humanitarian and moral laws.”

By Mordechai Sones


The Palestinian Authority blasted Israel after the Knesset gave preliminary approval to a bill which would allow the IDF and Israel Police to hold the remains of Arab terrorists indefinitely, circumventing a Supreme Court ruling.

The bill was submitted by MK Bezalel Smotrich (Jewish Home), and is similar to a proposal by MK Anat Berko (Likud).

The bodies of Hadar Goldin and Oron Shaul have been held by Hamas as a ” “bargaining chip” for trade since August 2014, when they were killed during Israel’s last military conflict with Hamas.

The Supreme Court ruled last month that Israel must return the PA  built from the Gaza Strip into Israel and demolished by the IDF in October.

The proposal states that a district police commander will be given the authority to condition the release of a terrorist’s body burial on security considerations, whether someone’s mental well-being will be threatened, or if statements supporting terrorism will be published in connection with the funeral or burial of the assailant.

A statement issued by the PA Monday stated that “this law constitutes a gross violation of the most basic human rights” and expresses the “extreme approach and collective punishment policy of the Israeli occupation against the Palestinian people and the families of the shaheedim” and a “violation of all international humanitarian and moral laws.”

The PA called the bill “blackmail or negotiating chips”, stressing that the issue of the “martyrs” bodies occupies PA leadership’s top priority, which is seeking to enlist international pressure on Israel about this issue until all the bodies are returned.


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