Israel to withhold Palestinian martyrs’ bodies, says defense minister

Ramallah, Newly installed Israeli Defense Minister Naftali Bennett has ordered all bodies of Palestinian martyrs to be withheld and not returned to their families as a new deterrent, his office announced Wednesday.

The proposed policy change, which requires approval by the security cabinet, aims to garner votes as Israel struggles a political cul-de-sac.

A statement by the defense minister’s office said: “Bodies will now not be released in all cases, regardless of the organization the martyr is affiliated to, and regardless of the type of operation he carried out or attempted to do so”.

Exceptions would be considered in special cases on security considerations, the statement added.

Source: Jordan News Agency