Head of the Prisoners and Ex-Prisoner Affairs, Issa Qaraqe’ on Tuesday said that the Israeli retention of Palestinians’ bodies after killing them was a shameful moral stigma that challenges all human and religious values.
Speaking at the funeral of 16-year-old Ma’moun Al-Khatib, Qaraqe’ said that even the most fascist countries would not torture their victims even after killing them, torment their families and place restrictions on their burial or funerals, except for Israel.
“Israel has willfully killed civilians and still refuses to return their bodies to their families. The bodies of these victims are violated as worthless carcasses, and when returned, the killer places his own conditions in unprecedent insolence and a doubled crime.”
Qaraqe’ also added that Ma’moun Al-Khatib (16) from Al-Doha town in Bethlehem, whose body has been returned on Sunday after three weeks of detention, has been beaten to death after shot when he was still alive.
He said that there are marks of torture and savage beating on his body, which is the case of other countless Palestinian victims of the Israeli forces.
The shooting took place on December 1st, when IOF claimed that the boy tried to stab a soldier on Etzion checkpoint south of Bethlehem.
Israel has retunred several bodies of martyrs that they willfully killed in the past few months, and still retains some 50 bodies, refusing to give them back.
The bodies are handed back to their families under strict conditions that include time, place, and number of people in the funeral.
This move is to prevent taking the victims to anatomy, since Israel has been accused of harvesting organs and operating other violations on their dead bodies kept in refrigerators.