Israel begins transfer of terrorists’ remains to West Bank and Gaza (TIMES OF ISRAEL) By ILAN BEN ZION and RON FRIEDMAN 05/31/12)
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The remains of 91 Palestinian terrorists made their way in two truck
convoys from the cemetery for enemy fallen, in the Jordan Valley, to
Ramallah and Gaza Thursday morning.
PA President Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian leadership are
expected to attend a ceremony at the Muqata’a compound in Ramallah
honoring the reception of the terrorists’ remains.
The return of the bodies of 130 terrorists is regarded as a
confidence-building gesture aimed at reviving direct negotiations
between Israel and the Palestinians. The remainder of the bodies will
be transferred to the Palestinian Authority on an unspecified date.
According to Media reports, a convoy of six trucks will transfer the
remains of 79 terrorists to Ramallah, while two additional trucks
will travel to the Erez crossing, with the remains of 12 terrorists.
Following the service, the remains will be dispersed to various
Palestinian cities for burial.
The transfer of the bodies, in an operation titled “Crossing Jordan,”
went ahead despite petitions by families of terror victims to the
High Court of Justice late Wednesday evening.
The Almagor Terror Victims Association, wanted the families of
terrorist victims to get the chance to appeal the government’s
decision and barring that, for the government to pressure the PA to
refrain from celebrations honoring the terrorists.
Among the 91 bodies are the remains of a suicide bomber who killed
seven Israelis at Cafe Hillel in Jerusalem; a terrorist who blew up
theJerusalem No. 2 bus killing 18; and two suicide bombers who killed
16 Israelis in Beersheba. The bodies of seven Fatah terrorists who
took over the Savoy Hotel in Tel Aviv in 1975 and were killed in a
Sayeret Matkal rescue operation will also be returned on Thursday. (©
2012 THE TIMES OF ISRAEL 05/31/12)
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