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Israel returns body of slain teen to family in Jerusalem

Jan. 4, 2019 5:21 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 5, 2019 5:13 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- The Israeli intelligence returned the body of a 17-year-old slain Palestinian to his family in the Jabal al-Mukabbir village of occupied East Jerusalem, on Friday evening.

Sources told Ma’an that Israel returned the body of Abed al-Rahman Abu Jamal, 17, to his family at a checkpoint in Jabal al-Muabbir.

Abu Jamal was shot and killed by Israeli forces after he allegedly carried out a stabbing attack inside an Israeli police station in the village.

The family had denied the reports at the time, saying that Israel did not have any video footage proving that Abed al-Rahman did or attempted to carry out a stabbing attack.

Israel dramatically increased its policy of withholding bodies since the beginning of a wave of unrest across the occupied Palestinian territory in October 2015, although it has scaled back on the policy in recent months.

Israel has long had “cemeteries for the enemy dead,” also referred to as “cemeteries of numbers,” where Palestinians who died during attacks on Israelis are held in nameless graves marked by numbers.

Israel has attempted to negotiate the release of Palestinian bodies as well as several Hamas affiliates detained from the Gaza Strip in exchange for the bodies of two Israeli soldiers held by Hamas.

A joint statement released in 2016 by Addameer and the Israeli minority rights group Adalah 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."

During his interview with Voice of Palestine, Arouri said that “Israel was the only country in the world that withholds the bodies of slain people for bargaining purposes or sets conditions on funerals for releasing them to their families.”
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