PA to honor suicide bombers, terrorists (JERUSALEM POST) By KHALED ABU TOAMEH 05/30/12)
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The Palestinian Authority leadership is planning to honor the remains
of Palestinian suicide bombers and terrorists with full military
services in Ramallah.
The IDF will deliver the bodies to representatives of the PA on
Thursday, PA Minister for Prisoners Affairs, Issa Qaraqi, said.
He said that the PA would hold a "national rally" in the Mukata
presidential compound in Ramallah in honor of the "martyrs." The
rally will be attended by PA President Mahmoud Abbas, PLO leaders and
families of the Palestinians who were killed in suicide bombings and
other terror attacks over the past three decades.
Qaraqi said that after the ceremony the bodies will be sent to their
hometowns, where each one will be buried in a military funeral.
He said that 17 bodies whose hometowns were unknown will be buried in
a Ramallah cemetery, also in full military funerals.
Another 12 bodies will be transferred for burial in the Gaza Strip,
the minister added.
Qaraqi called on Palestinians to consider Thursday a day of
celebration for the return of the "martyrs" to their families.
The repatriation of the bodies is part of a goodwill gesture to Abbas.
The list of names includes several suicide bombers who carried out
the attacks at Cafe Hillel and the no. 2 bus in Jerusalem.
Israel will also hand over the remains of Hassan Sarahneh, who blew
himself up at a hitchhiking post in Ashkelon in 1996, killing a
Israel will also transfer the remains of Nasim Ja´bari and Ahmed
Qawassmeh, the two suicide bombers who killed 16 people on two buses
in Beersheba in 2004.
The list also includes Abdullah Badran, a suicide bomber who killed
four Israelis at Tel Aviv´s Stage nightclub in 2005, Hiba Daraghmeh,
the female suicide bomber who blew herself up at a mall in Afula in
2003, killing three people, Hassan Abu Said, the Islamic Jihad
terrorist who blew himself up at an open-air market in Hadera in
2005, killing five people and Labib Azzam, who in 1995 murdered five
Israelis and injured 23 others in Ramat Gan.
In addition, Israel will hand over the remains of the terrorists who
carried out the Savoy Hotel attack in 1975, killing eight hostages.
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