Palestinian doctor denied role in al-Sharif’s autopsy


Israeli Supreme Court on Thursday refused an appeal to allow a Palestinian doctor to participate in the autopsy of Abdul Fattah al-Sharif’s body, who was executed in cold blood by an Israeli soldier on March 24 in Hebron.

According to Ahmad Safiya, lawyer of the Palestinian Prisoners Society, Al-Sharif’s family appealed that a Palestinian doctor should take part in the autopsy.

However, the Israeli authorities only agreed to allow a Palestinian doctor inside the room while the autopsy was conducted only to observe and to take notes; no real participation in the autopsy by a Palestinian doctor will be allow, Safiya stated.

Safiya added that the Court ordered that he should be informed of the autopsy date beforehand so that he can get an entry permission for the Palestinian doctor.

The Israeli prosecution informed him that the autopsy will be conducted next Sunday.

Palestinian families do not trust the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) investigations and the ability of Israeli authorities to conduct unbiased autopsies of Palestinians slain by the IOF.

For that reason, on December last year, family members of Palestinians slain by the IOF published a letter officially refusing Israel’s terms of release concerning the remains of dozens of bodies belonging to Palestinians who were killed during reported ‘attacks’ against Israeli soldiers and settlers.

The letter, which was published on social media, stated the “natural and legal right” of the families to be granted the remains of their loved ones and bury their dead in an appropriate religious and cultural manner.

In addition, the signatories pointed out that each family should be allotted time to request an official autopsy on their dead, particularly due to rumors that Israeli authorities have been removing certain organs before releasing remains.
Autopsy reports are also used in official paperwork necessary to file cases against Israeli authorities at the International Criminal Court.