JERUSALEM, Sunday, November 29, 2020 (WAFA) – In a surprise and unusual move, the Israeli occupation authorities agreed today to turn over the body of a Palestinian man it claimed its soldiers have killed after he attempted a car-ramming attack to his family for proper burial.
Mohammad Mahmoud, an attorney with the Prisoners Affairs Commission, said Israel has agreed to turn over the body of Noor Shuqeir, from Silwan neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem, to his family after placing strict conditions for his funeral.
He said the body will be handed over tonight to his family at 10:00 in the evening local time at a police station in Jerusalem, to be taken immediately to Makassed Hospital and then to be buried in the family cemetery with the participation of only 30 people, of whom 20 will be allowed to reach the cemetery. The participants in the funeral will not be allowed to raise flags, banners or shout slogans during the funeral and the family was forced to post a $3000 fee to guarantee that it will abide by the police orders.
Shuqeir, 36, was shot dead on Wednesday at a checkpoint east of Jerusalem after soldiers claimed he attempted to carry out a car-ramming attack.
Mahmoud said the fact that the police has agreed to turn over Shuqeir's body to his family proves that he was killed without reason and that he did not attempt the car-ramming attack as claimed because normally Israel would withhold bodies of alleged Palestinian attackers for a long period of time and use them as a bargaining chip in any future prisoners exchange deal with Palestinian organizations.