Israel Orders Family of Abu Ghannam to Pay $5000 as Condition to Release his Body

RAMALLAH, April 26, 2015 (WAFA) – The Israeli authorities Sunday ordered the family of teenager Ali Abu Ghannam, who was shot and killed on Saturday by Israeli soldiers in East Jerusalem, to pay a financial guarantee of $5000 as a condition to release their Relative’s body for burial.

Israeli forces Saturday shot dead a Palestinian teenager after an incident on the Z‘ayyim military checkpoint to the east of East Jerusalem.

Witnesses told WAFA that Israeli soldiers stationed on the checkpoint stopped Abu Ghannam, who was crossing the checkpoint with his sister on foot, and insulted his sister verbally, provoking a scuffle.

Abu Ghannam engaged in a scuffle with the soldiers after they uttered vulgar words to his sister before he was shot dead.

According to the Israeli version of the incident, Abu Ghannam was shot dead after allegedly attempting to stab the soldiers, a claim that was denied by witnesses present at the scene at the time of the incident.

Family sources told WAFA that they had to pay a financial guarantee of $5000 as a condition to release their Relative’s body, adding that they were threatened that in case any clashes were provoked by the mourners during Abu Ghannam’s funeral procession, the family would not get their money back.

The family said that they are still waiting for a phone call from the Israeli intelligence to inform them of the specific date and time to receive the body of Abu Ghannam.

Meanwhile, the family’s lawyer reported that the Israeli authorities is scheduled to release his body after midnight.