PA premier Shtayyeh claims Israel conducting ‘lab experiments’ on Palestinian bodies

Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh claimed this week that Israel was experimenting on the corpses of suspected Palestinian terrorists, a charge vociferously denied by the Israeli Foreign Ministry on Thursday.

Israel holds the bodies of some Palestinians killed by Israeli forces while committing acts of terrorism. The policy is controversial within the defense establishment and has faced several High Court challenges.

“We have learned that Israel uses these corpses in the labs of medical schools in Israeli universities. This is a brazen assault on human rights and scientific ethics,” Shtayyeh claimed. He provided no evidence for the claim.

In a statement, the Israeli Foreign Ministry denied the Palestinian claim and slammed the PA for inciting violence.

“The Foreign Ministry expresses horror at the defamatory remarks, which constitute another expression of the continuing incitement by the Palestinian Authority against Israel. Such incitement encourages shedding the blood of Israeli civilians,” the ministry said in a statement.

Israeli authorities have a policy of holding the bodies of those killed while committing violent acts of terrorism or allegedly trying to do so.

In a statement announcing the policy in September 2020, Defense Minister Benny Gantz said that it was part of an “extensive deterrence apparatus.”

The High Court had ruled that deterrence is not a legitimate reason to withhold the bodies of terrorists. In 2018, Supreme Court Chief Justice Esther Hayut ruled that current legislation only enabled the government to hold the bodies as bargaining chips for negotiations with Hamas terrorists over its Israeli captives.

But a High Court ruling in late 2021 appeared to defer to the security establishment’s judgment. “There is no error that justifies judicial intervention,” wrote Justice Neal Hendel for the majority in one such case.


It’s not (only) about you.

Supporting The Times of Israel isn’t a transaction for an online service, like subscribing to Netflix. The ToI Community is for people like you who care about a common good: ensuring that balanced, responsible coverage of Israel continues to be available to millions across the world, for free.

Sure, we’ll remove all ads from your page and you’ll gain access to some amazing Community-only content. But your support gives you something more profound than that: the pride of joining something that really matters


Join the Times of Israel Community


Join our Community

Already a member? Sign in to stop seeing this


You’re a dedicated reader

That’s why we started the Times of Israel ten years ago – to provide discerning readers like you with must-read coverage of Israel and the Jewish world.

So now we have a request. Unlike other news outlets, we haven’t put up a paywall. But as the journalism we do is costly, we invite readers for whom The Times of Israel has become important to help support our work by joining The Times of Israel Community.

For as little as $6 a month you can help support our quality journalism while enjoying The Times of Israel AD-FREE, as well as accessing exclusive content available only to Times of Israel Community members.

Thank you,
David Horovitz, Founding Editor of The Times of Israel


Join Our Community


Join Our Community

Already a member? Sign in to stop seeing this

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.