'Israel’s parliament (Knesset) is expected to approve a controversial bill that allows police to withhold the bodies of Palestinians killed by the regime’s forces and refuse to hand them over to their families for burial.
The bill, co-sponsored by right-wing Israeli lawmakers Anat Berko and Bezalel Smotrich, has passed its first reading, and will be put to vote in two more readings later on Wednesday.
If approved, the law will authorize police to determine the conditions under which the funerals for Palestinian victims will be held.
The law would be enforced in Israeli cities and in occupied East Jerusalem al-Quds, but not in the West Bank.
Under the law, Israeli police could issue an order to postpone the handing over of bodies until those organizing the funerals promise to meet certain conditions.
The conditions include a limit on the number of participants at the funeral, a ban on the participation of certain individuals as well as a specified time, site and route for the procession.
In special cases, police could even demand the posting of a bond to guarantee that certain conditions are carried out during the burial.
The police would also be permitted to delay the transferring of a body if it deems that the funeral could lead to a loss of life or injury.
Back in January, Israeli lawmaker Jamal Zahalka described the act of preventing someone’s burial as shameful.
“All cultures see burying the dead as a commandment, and preventing a burial is an act of villainy. You are giving Jews a bad name,” he said.'
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