Supreme Court orders police to return Temple Mount terrorists' bodies

The three terrorists' families petitioned the Supreme Court after police refused to return their bodies.
Screen capture: Channel 2 News

The Israeli Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the police to return the bodies of the three terrorists who committed last week's deadly attack on Temple Mount to their families.

The terrorists' families petitioned the Supreme Court after police refused to return their bodies, citing concerns that disturbances could break out during the funerals.

"While the police's concerns about disturbances and incitement occurring during the terrorists' funeral are undeniably valid," the justices wrote in their ruling, "this wasn't the question brought up in this petition. The real question is - do the police have the authority to suspend the return of the bodies until the families agree to a specific form of funeral. The answer to that is negative."

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Two of the three terrorists who carried out the Temple Mount attack Photo credit: Channel 2 News

The Shin Bet called last week to return the bodies as quickly as possible in order to prevent a further escalation of the situation, but police remained firm in their position that the return of the bodies should be suspended.

The Goldin family, whose son Hadar's body is being kept by Hamas in Gaza, said Friday that returning the terrorists' bodies "will be viewed by Hamas as further proof of Israel's lack of policy."



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