Court accepts groups' appeal to close 'Bodies' exhibition

By JOHN BACKTANE
September 23, 2012 22:38

 
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The High Court of Justice ruled on Sunday that the 'Bodies' exhibition, displaying real human corpses preserved in a special process, will need to close by October 9, 12 days before its planned closing date of October 21.

The court allowed operators to keep the exhibition open until the end of Sukkot, in order to allow ticket holders who bought tickets in advance to visit the exhibition.

The 'Bodies' exhibition contains parts of 200 human bodies. According to an appeal filed by several human rights organizations, including ZAKA, 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 will be displayed to the public.

ZAKA welcomed the ruling, but said in a statement that the decision "reminds one of the man who erected a sukka without permission, and the court allowed him an eight-day extension before he needed to take it down [according to Jewish custom sukkot are dismantled after eight days since the holiday is eight days long]."

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