New bill would suspend return of terrorists' bodies unless funeral is free of incitement

The Minister of Public Security is pushing a bill to allow Israel to suspend the transfer of terrorists' bodies to their families if they express sympathy with terrorism during the funeral.
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Israel's Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan is promoting a bill that would allow Israel not to return bodies of terrorists to their families if certain conditions regarding the funeral are not met.

"The funerals of terrorists have become displays of incitement which encourage people to go out and commit terror acts," Erdan said, citing incidents in which speeches delivered, slogans chanted and banners help up during funerals expressed sympathy for terrorism.

After the deadly shooting on Temple Mount in July, police set strict conditions for the terrorists' funerals and sought to suspend the transfer of the bodies if those were not met. However, the Supreme Court ruled that the law does not give police the authority to do so.



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