Video: Martyrs detained in the occupation’s freezers
July 25, 2016

The Israeli Supreme Court issued last Monday a decision ordering the police and Israeli public prosecution to respond to the court and explain the reasons for not releasing the bodies of Palestinian Martyrs detained in the occupation’s freezers.

Lawyer Mohammad Mahmoud explained that the Israeli Court issued a decision saying: “the police and public prosecution should come to court and explain why the bodies have not been released to their families”; they have until 15/8/2016 to respond to this decision.

Lawyer Mahmoud added in a press conference that the police and public prosecution informed the court on 24/7/2016 about not changing the decision of not releasing the bodies. The prosecution responded that the political level decided not release the bodies in light of the latest attacks and the head of the government will discuss the matter again in two week.

Lawyer Mahmoud pointed out that the Supreme Court transferred the case of Martyrs’ bodies to the government’s legal advisor at the beginning of July. Few days later, the police informed the court that the legal advisor will not change the decision of not releasing the bodies based upon a meeting with the Prime Minister. As a result, the Israeli court requested the police and public prosecution to submit an additional report and asked them to find a way to continue releasing the Martyrs’ bodies and gave them until 24/7/2016 but the response was the same once again.

The Israeli Supreme Court had recommended at the beginning of last May to release the Martyrs’ bodies before the month of Ramadan but the Minister of Internal Security “Gilad Ardan” ordered to stop releasing the bodies at the end of last May claiming that Abu Jamal family had violated the releasing conditions during the funeral of their son Ala’ Abu Jamal. An appeal was submitted to the court against the Minister’s decision. Few weeks later, Ardan responded to the appeal and agreed to continue releasing the bodies of detained Martyrs and conditioned the police to set the location where the bodies will be buried. On the 4th of July, a hearing session was held at the Supreme Court and the judges decided to transfer the case to the legal advisor of the Israeli government in order to find a solution but the police and public prosecution are still insisting on “detaining the bodies” claiming that the current security situation is not suitable for releasing the bodies. 

The occupation authorities are still detaining the bodies of 13 Martyrs, they are:

Thaer Abu Ghazaleh, Baha’ Alayan, Abdel Muhsen Hassouneh, Mohammad Abu Khalaf, Abdel Malek Abu Khroub, Mohammad Kaloti, Abdel Hamid Abu Sroor, Ansar Hasheh, Majd Khdour, Mohammad Tarayra, Wael Abu Saleh, Sarah Tarayer and Bashar Barad’yeh.