Israeli authorities returned the body of a slain Palestinian terrorist to his family early Monday morning, on the condition that the funeral be held quietly without any incitement to violence, The Jerusalem Post reported.
The decision was made as part of a policy to delay the return of the terrorists’ bodies until such time as the families agree to the conditions.
Ahmad Abu Shaaban was shot dead while carrying out a stabbing attack in the Yerushalayim central bus station in October, and his body was brought to immediate relatives in the eastern Yerushalayim neighborhood of Ras al-Amud.
It was said to be the first of a series of ten such transfers scheduled for the coming days.
A spokesman for Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan explained that “the decision to return them depends on the behavior of the families, and if they agree to meet our conditions, including that the funerals be quiet, small and peaceful affairs held at night,” he said.
The decision to return corpses while the terror attacks continue unabated has aroused strong opposition, particularly from Almagor, a group that advocates for the families of victims of terrorism. The group condemned it as “a victory for the Arab MKs who met with the families of the terrorists.”
Almagor said it would be “a slap in the face of the families of Hadar Goldin, Hy”d, and Oron Shaul, Hy”d, [IDF soldiers killed in Gaza] whose bodies have yet to be returned.”