The body of Ahmed Muhammad Mahameed, who was shot last week after attempting to stab a policeman in the old city of Jerusalem, was released by the Israeli authorities last night.
The body of Mahameed was transferred after the Adaleh Center for Arab minority rights in Israel filed a petition with the High Court in the aftermath of a police claim that the family would sign a NIS 100,000 (about $ 27,000) guarantee that no more than 50 people Attend the funeral.
An agreement was reached between the police and Adaleh that the petition would be withdrawn if the body of Mahameed was released on Tuesday morning at 13.00.
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Fireworks were lit in the northern city of Umm al-Fahm to mark the return of the body, and hundreds attended his funeral.
A relative of the thief, Ali Mahameed, told the news site in Hebrew Ynet that the delay in releasing the body was an act of torture by the Israeli authorities.
& # 39; The police have postponed the delivery to abuse the family. As far as we are concerned, Ahmad is a hero and a martyr, "he said.
The police said that Mahameed came out of the Temple Mount on Friday afternoon and approached a group of policemen, pulled out a knife, and tried to stab one of them.
The agents shuffled with the attacker and one of them killed him and killed him.
Mahameed's family said he was struggling with mental health problems and had not carried out the attack for nationalistic reasons.
Mahameed had spent a lot of time in the Sha & # 39; Menashe psychiatric medical center in northern Israel, according to his brother Nissim Mahameed. "He was ill and could not function," Nissim de Haaretz told daily on Saturday.
His father said that Ahmed had twice tried to take his own life.
"There was once an incident where we were sitting outside our house and we heard shouts from inside, he had taken pills and tried to commit suicide," Muhammad Mahameed told Walla's news site.
Mahameed had no history of involvement in security offenses.
The family condemned the officer who fired the fateful shot because he was light with his finger on the trigger & # 39 ;.
The municipality of Umm al-Fahm has issued a statement on Saturday in which the police are convicted of what they mean the cold-blooded murder & # 39; of her resident.
The police said that a first analysis of the incident had shown that the police fire was fully justified.
"No one can expect policemen to know that a terrorist attacking them with a knife is mentally ill," said a senior official in response to the family's assertion.
The court of Jerusalem on Sunday extended the detention of three men suspected of involvement in the attempted stabbing with two days, during which the Magistraatshof, who had released them, was arrested.
The suspects, all residents of the northern Israeli Arab city Umm al-Fahm, were arrested in the hours after the attack after the police had identified them through the alleyways of the Old City of Jerusalem, close to Mahameed.