The report deals with Israel's refusal to return the bodies of Palestinians killed in various circumstances relating to the conflict, thus preventing their families from bringing them to burial. This policy constitutes collective punishment and contradicts international law. The report also emphasizes the great difference in how Israeli state and society respect their own dead and the disrespectful manner in which the State treats the bodies of Palestinians. Many of the bodies held by Israel are buried in a neglectful and demeaning way which also makes future identification very difficult.
Israel’s regime of occupation is inextricably bound up in human rights violations. B’Tselem strives to end the occupation, as that is the only way forward to a future in which human rights, democracy, liberty and equality are ensured to all people, both Palestinian and Israeli, living between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea.