The family of Abdel Rahman al-Shaludi, a Palestinian man who was shot dead by police after ramming his car into a Jerusalem crowd on Wednesday and killing a three-month-old girl, will not take his body from police for burial unless restrictions on the funeral are lifted, a family associate said Sunday.
“The deceased deserves a great and dignified funeral,” Abad Shaludi told Israeli media outlet Ynet. “We will not agree to accept the body with the [funeral] conditions set by the police. If they leave the conditions in place, then it’s better to leave the body with them.”
Shaludi, a Hamas activist from Silwan, was originally set to be buried at a Muslim cemetery near the Old City’s Lions’ Gate at 10 p.m. Saturday after a court authorized a service to be attended by a maximum of 80 people, for fear the event could turn into a violent protest.
However, police postponed the burial and rescheduled it for a time window between 11:00 p.m. and midnight with only 20 mourners, whose names would have to be submitted to police in advance, in attendance.
After a weekend of clashes in the wake of the attack, there were scattered incidents Sunday morning, and police deployed “at least 400-500” extra police units “to prevent and respond to any incident,” police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said.
At least five Palestinians were arrested during clashes overnight Saturday in East Jerusalem, according to police.
The clashes were especially intense in the flashpoint Silwan neighborhood, where police dispersed gangs of stone-throwing protesters. Shaludi was from Silwan.
There were also reports of assailants throwing stones Sunday at the Jerusalem light rail in the East Jerusalem neighborhoods of Beit Hanina and Shuafat, causing damage to the train, but no injuries.
Shaludi drove his car into a Jerusalem light rail station on Wednesday, killing three-month-old Chaya Zissel Braun and injuring eight others. Police shot and killed Shaludi as he attempted to flee the scene on foot.
An autopsy by Palestinian investigators contended that Shaludi died because he was not given medical care and transferred to a hospital quickly enough, according to Mohammed Mahmud, the family’s attorney.
Jerusalem’s mayor called for a crackdown against the recent wave of Palestinian unrest. In an interview Thursday, Nir Barkat said the violence had become intolerable, and vowed to restore order.
Hamas official Mahmoud Al-Zahar urged Palestinians in East Jerusalem on Saturday to rise up against Israel and continue “resisting.”
On Friday, a Palestinian teenager, a US citizen, was shot and killed by IDF troops in the West Bank village of Silwad. His funeral was also set for Sunday, in order to allow his father time to travel from the United States where he is a resident citizen.
Hamas had called to avenge the killing of 14-year-old Orwa Abed El Wahan Hammad Wahab, who was shot by IDF troops. The army said he was shot during an attempt to hurl a Molotov cocktail at traffic on Highway 60, in the West Bank.
Another 12 Palestinians were wounded in clashes on Friday in Issawiya Wadi Joz and Silwan, a hospital official said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak with the media.
Prison Service Commissioner Aharon Franco, who was formerly the head of police’s Jerusalem District, told Ynet the recent uptick in violence in the city could not be quelled by force alone.
Tensions have been high since June, when three Israeli teenagers were kidnapped and killed by Palestinian terrorists in the West Bank. Jewish extremists retaliated by kidnapping and killing a Palestinian teenager in east Jerusalem, sparking riots. The kidnappings set off a series of events that led to the 50-day Gaza war.
News agencies contributed to this report.