Practice Relating to Rule 115. Disposal of the Dead
Section B. Respect for the religious beliefs of the dead
Israel’s Manual on the Laws of War (1998) states: “Generally speaking, the enemy fallen are to be interred (in accordance with their religion’s customs insofar as possible).”
Israel’s Manual on the Rules of Warfare (2006) states: “As a rule, the enemy’s fallen should be buried as per their religious rites as far as possible.”
The Manual on the Rules of Warfare (2006) is a second edition of the Manual on the Laws of War (1998).
In its ruling in the Barake case
in 2002, dealing with the question of when, how and by whom the mortal remains of Palestinians who died in a battle in Jenin refugee camp should be identified and buried, Israel’s High Court of Justice stated: “The burial will be conducted … conforming to religious laws.”