Israel Refuses to Send the Bodies Back to Be Hailed as Martyrs
Israel has refused to send the bodies back of the dead terroriststo be hailed as martyrs and drum up more violent hatred against Jews and Israelis.
A spokesman for Lieberman confirmed the order, his first major decision related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since the hardliner took office on May 30.
Israeli officials argue funerals for attackers often turn into rallies that promote further violence.
Palestinians and rights groups say the measure, used in the past, amounts to collective punishment and feeds into anger over Israel's occupation of the West Bank.
Muslim custom demands the dead be buried as soon as possible.