Palestinian fisherman’s body to remain in Israeli custody, High Court rules

The body of the Palestinian fisherman who was killed last week by an Israeli Navy patrol will remain in Israel’s custody, an Israeli High Court judge determined on Thursday.
Hamas funeral in Gaza Photo Credit: Wissam Nassar/Flash 90

Israel’s High Court issued Thursday a temporary injunction preventing the state from returning the body of a Palestinian fisherman who was killed last week by the Israeli Navy after his boat traveled beyond the fishing zone off the coast of Gaza.

Judge Neal Hendel’s ruling will remain in place until the next hearing regarding the matter, which is slated to take place on Tuesday. The judge announced his ruling after the parents of fallen IDF soldier Hadar Goldin, whose remains are being held by Hamas in Gaza, demanded that Israel make sure that if the body of the Palestinian man is returned to Gaza, his funeral will not become “a Hamas propaganda festival.”

The Goldin family stated in response to the judge’s ruling: “Beyond the fact that it is a judicial ruling, this is a moral order for the government of Israel that calls on it to stop giving prizes and gifts to Hamas while it is holding soldiers and citizens.”



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