The Kiryat Gat Magistrate’s Court has ordered the Kiryat Malakhi burial society to pay 30,000 shekels ($7,680) to the family of a young woman who died of complications from AIDS, for not performing the ritual preparation of her body or allowing her relatives to identify her.
The burial society responded that it did this because it had been warned there was a risk of infection.
Eighteen-year-old Y. of Kiryat Malakhi died in 2012. When family members came to confirm her identity before burial, the body was wrapped in a sealed bag with a sticker that said, “Caution, Risk of Infection.” The burial society said that the body was identified by a family representative who stood at the entrance to the purification room, and saw the body from afar when the burial society worker opened the zipper of the bag. Judge Or Adam said this did not constitute proper identification.