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Palestinians hold vigil in Ramallah against Israel’s withholding of martyrs bodies

Ramallah (QNN)- Dozens of Palestinians held a vigil on Thursday in the center of Ramallah city against Israel’s withholding of Palestinian martyrs bodies.

Dozens Palestinian protesters earlier today organized a vigil in the center of the city to express opposition against Israel’s withholding of bodies of Palestinian martyrs, demanding the occupation authorities to return their bodies, as since 2015, the occupation authorities have been withholding the bodies of 81 Palestinians killed by Israeli forces.

254 Palestinian martyrs are buried in Israeli military patrolled grave sites, 81 are in police morgues and 68 are disappeared, in violation of the international law.

The Geneva Conventions stresses the necessity of burying the bodies of deceased detainees or those who were killed with respect according to procedures that are appropriate with their religious culture.

On 9 September 2019, the Israeli Supreme Court ruled that the occupation state may continue to hold the bodies of Palestinians as bargaining chips.

A rule that marked “the first time in history that a court – anywhere in the world – authorizes state authorities to hold the bodies of individuals under its control, to which international laws governing occupation apply, and to use them as bargaining chips. It undermines the most basic principles of universal humanity, and violates both Israeli law and international law”, according to Adalah, the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights.

“No country in the world allows itself to hold and to use bodies as a political bargaining chip. These practices violate international humanitarian law (IHL) and international human rights law, including the UN Convention against Torture, which absolutely prohibits such cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment,” Adalah said.

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