Practice Relating to Rule 112. Search for and Collection of the Dead
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: “Teams would be selected, and include soldiers from the bomb disposal unit, medical and other professional representatives. These teams will locate the bodies.”
The Court also stated: “Locating … the bodies is a highly important humanitarian deed. It is derived from the respect to the dead. The respect of every dead.”
In 2009, in a report on Israeli operations in Gaza between 27 December 2008 and 18 January 2009 (the “Gaza Operation”, also known as “Operation Cast Lead”), Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that “a special medical coordination centre was set up in the Gaza District CLA [Coordination and Liaison Administration] … which dealt with … evacuation of the … dead from areas of hostilities”.