High Court Rejects Petition to Return Terrorists’ Bodies


Israel’s High Court has rejected a petition filed by families of terrorists requesting the return of their bodies by the Israeli authorities, Arutz Sheva reported on Monday.

In question were the bodies of the terrorists who killed Rabbi Raziel Shevach, Hy”d, and Adi Kolman, Hy”d.

However, the Court’s ruling was based on a procedural point, not one of policy. The judges turned down the petition because, in their words, “In the case before us, the petition should be summarily dismissed for the reason that the petition binds the case of two different petitioners.” Separate petitions should have been filed for the two bodies.

The Court noted explicitly that its ruling at this time was on a strictly technical point. “The aforesaid does not prevent the Petitioners from returning their case, in separate petitions, before this Court,” it said.

Rabbi Shevach, father of six, was shot dead in January while driving down a highway near his home in the town of Havat Gilad outside Shechem.

Adi Kolman, father of four from Kochav Hashahar in the Binyamin region, was stabbed to death in the Old City of Yerushalayim in March.

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