Avichai Mandelblit
Avichai Mandelblit. (photo credit:MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)


Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit has stated that expelling families of Palestinian terrorists living in the West Bank to Gaza is against the law, according to Army Radio in a report Sunday morning.

Mandelblit explained that the expulsion of whole families is contrary to both Israeli and international law.

Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan said earlier in February that he had put forward the plan as a “deterrent measure,” but was met with stiff resistance from the current attorney general as well as his predecessor, Yehuda Weinstein.

The minister was a guest at a conference hosted by the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya. The event was held at an anti-terror think tank under the banner, “the challenge of dealing with the wave of lone-wolf terrorists.”

Erdan also addressed the issue of returning the bodies of terrorists in his speech, and said that his refusal to release bodies to terrorists’ families for burial is motivated primarily by his wish to prevent the funeral from becoming a nationalist-driven political demonstration which glorifies the perpetrators of acts of violence.

The minister said that Palestinian glorification of terrorists creates a greater potential for copycat attacks among would-be assailants enamored with the thought of gaining national status.

As reported by The Jerusalem Post