vendredi 17 mars 2017

Israel to return body of Palestinian killed by Israeli settler

"israel" doit rendre le corps d'un Palestinien tué par un colon sioniste

Saadi Mahmoud Ali Qaisiya

HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli authorities will return the body of slain 24-year-old Palestinian Saadi Mahmoud Ali Qaisiya to his home in the Hebron-area of al-Dhahiriya, west of Masafer Yatta in the southern occupied West Bank.

Qaisiya was shot and killed by an Israeli settler in the illegal settlement outpost of Havat More in the Masafer Yatta area -- also known as the South Hebron Hills -- on March 1 in what the Israeli army reported as a stabbing attack.

Sources told Ma’an that Qaisiya’s body will be returned to his family on Friday evening, with representatives of Palestinian Civil Affairs present, and would be then taken to the al-Ahli Hospital in Hebron preparation for his funeral to take place on Saturday.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma'an at the time of Qaisiya’s death that an "attacker armed with a knife entered a house" and stabbed a settler, injuring him lightly.

The settler then shot towards Qaisiya, the spokesperson added, killing him.

The spokesperson said that they were not aware of whether the Israeli army was investigating the case.

Israeli authorities have 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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