The High Court of Justice ruled on Sunday that the “Bodies” exhibition in Tel
Aviv, displaying real human corpses preserved in a special process, will need to
close by October 9, 12 days before its planned date, October 21.
court allowed operators to keep the exhibition open until the end of Succot, in
order to allow advance ticket holders to visit the exhibition.
exhibition contains parts of 200 human bodies.
According to an appeal
filed by several human rights organizations, including the ZAKA rescue and
recovery organization, the bodies in the exhibition are corpses of Chinese
people who were not asked for permission to display their bodies when they were
alive and their relatives were not notified that the bodies would on public
According to the appeal, the exhibition vilified the memory of
ZAKA welcomed the ruling, but said in a statement that the
decision “reminds one of the man who erected a succa without permission, and the
court allowed him an eight-day extension before he needed to take it down
[according to Jewish custom succot are dismantled after eight days since the
holiday is eight days long].”