Palestinians deplore Israeli decision to withhold corpses

GAZA, The Palestinian foreign ministry on Tuesday condemned an Israeli policy of withholding the bodies of slain Palestinians, saying the measure is tantamount to “collective punishment.” Israel’s Supreme Court has approved a long-standing policy of withholding the bodies of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces, which the Palestinians describe as a colonial tactic.

For decades, Israel has refused to release the bodies of Palestinians killed by its military, prompting the Palestinians to launch a vigorous campaign to retrieve the corpses, on grounds that the practice is a violation of international law.

Under the Policy, the bodies could be exhumed and handed back for burial providing a deal is struck with Palestinian factions.

Source: Kuwait News Agency