Call for protocols on terror victim identification

The Yesha Council has called for clear procedures to be drawn up for emergency medical organizations regarding the release of classified details in terrorist attacks.

Yigal Dilmoni, deputy director of publicity for the Yesha Council, together with the spokespersons of regional authorities in Judea and Samaria, contacted Health Minister Ya'akov Litzman (United Torah Judaism) and Welfare, Labor and Health Committee chair MK Eli Alaluf (Kulanu) over the matter.

They asked the Minister and MK to get involved and create a protocol to prevent details from various types of incidents from being leaked, potentially causing damage to the families of terror victims.

One recent incident mentioned in the letter to Litzman and Alaluf was the brutal murder of Dafna Meir at her doorstep in Otniel, Judea last Sunday. Her husband and sons heard about her death over the radio.

Past incidents in which details were released, and in which family members learned of the death of their loved ones through the media, were also noted in the letter. It added that emergency medical organizations have often released unfiltered information and difficult pictures, causing pain to bereaved families.

They asked that an announcement over the death of a wounded person, whether it includes their name or not, as well as the publication of details of murdered victims and difficult pictures from the scene of an attack or of the victim, be required to have approval by the regional authorities who are in direct contact with the families in such incidents, or else by the police.

After it is confirmed that the close family has been informed of their tragic loss by the authorities, approval can be given to release details according to the protocols requested in the letter.

Source: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/207117

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