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Israel to return body of Palestinian who succumbed to injuries a week earlier

Feb. 16, 2017 4:30 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 16, 2017 9:36 P.M.)
TULKAREM (Ma’an) -- Israeli authorities will return the body of slain Palestinian Muhammad al-Jallad at 3 p.m. on Friday at the Enav checkpoint in the northern occupied West Bank district of Tulkarem, according to the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners' Affairs.

Al-Jallad -- also known as Muhammad Amr -- died on Feb. 10 in Israel’s Beilinson Hospital from injuries he sustained after Israeli forces shot him in the chest on Nov. 9, 2016 at the Huwwara checkpoint south of Nablus following an alleged stabbing attempt.

Al-Jallad was being held in the hospital’s intensive care unit at the time of his death. The committee added that al-Jallad had also suffered from lymphoma.

Israeli authorities claimed that al-Jallad had attempted to stab an Israeli soldier with a screwdriver before Israeli forces opened live fire on him. No Israeli injuries were reported at the time.

Al-Jallad became the ninth Palestinian to be killed by Israeli forces this year, after 112 Palestinians died as part of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in 2016, according to Ma’an documentation.

Israel has come under repeated criticism for using lethal force on Palestinians when they posed no threat or could have been detained through nonlethal means, with the PLO labeling the deaths "extrajudicial executions."

Israeli rights group B'Tselem has condemned Israeli officials for effectively condoning the killing of Palestinians by Israeli forces and civilians.

Amid an increase in violence since October 2015, Israeli authorities dramatically escalated a policy of withholding Palestinian bodies killed by Israeli forces, claiming that funerals of Palestinians had provided grounds for “incitement” against the Israeli state.

However, the majority of bodies of Palestinians slain by Israeli forces have since been returned to their families, despite the Israeli security cabinet deciding in January that bodies of Palestinians affiliated with the Hamas movement who were killed while carrying out attacks against Israelis would be withheld indefinitely.

A joint statement released by Addameer and Israeli minority rights group Adalah last 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."

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