Israel refuses to hand over body of Sa’di al-Gharabli

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Israeli occupation authorities have refused to hand over the body of Palestinian martyr Sa’di al-Gharabli, 75, who died in Israeli jail, to his family in Gaza.

Suhail al-Gharabli, Sa’di’s son, said that the Israel Supreme Court has rejected a request to hand over the body of his father, who died in Israeli jail 10 days ago after 26 years of detention.

“It was not enough for them to imprison my father for 26 years, put him in solitary confinement, and subject him to medical neglect. They want to punish him after his death too,” Suhail said.

He continued, “This doesn’t happen elsewhere in the world. Only Israel withholds the bodies of hundreds of martyrs in mortuaries and “cemeteries of numbers” and refuses to hand them over to their families to bury them.”

Abed al-Naser Farwana, an advocate of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, said that activists and committees had repeatedly appealed to the Israeli authorities to release Sa’di al-Gharabli, who had suffered prostate cancer, diabetes and blood pressure, at the start of the coronavirus crisis, buy they did not listen.

Farwana called for more pressure on the Israeli authorities to release Palestinian detainees with severe health problems and save their lives before it is too late.

Due to deliberate medical negligence, lack of necessary health care, torture, or intentional killing, 224 Palestinian detainees have died while in Israeli custody.

Source: The news was originally published by The Palestinian Information Center, along with the cover photo.


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