Terrorists´ remains en route to PA (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Yoav Zitun, Elior Levy Published: 05.31.12, 07:43)
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Bodies of 91 terrorists responsible for dozens of attacks which
claimed hundreds of Israeli lives to be transported to West Bank,
Israel began transporting the remains of 91 terrorists to the
Palestinian Authority Thursday morning, as part of a good will
gesture by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Palestinian President
Operation "Crossing Jordan" will see the remains of 91 terrorists,
responsible for murdering hundreds of Israelis, transferred to the
West Bank and Gaza Strip. A convoy of six trucks will transfer the
remains of 79 terrorists to Ramallah, while two additional trucks
will travel to Erez crossing, with the remains of 12 terrorists.
GOC Central Command´s Chief Rabbi Lt.-Colonel Yoav Oknin will oversee
The operation was launched in early May, when the IDF Rabbinate began
exhuming and verifying the identities of the remains, buried in the
enemy combatants´ cemetery in the Jordan Valley.
The IDF Rabbinate drafted dozens of its reserve soldiers to assist in
the operation, which was conducted under a closed military zone
order, as well as a media embargo.
The Palestinian Authority is planning an official ceremony to mark
the remains "homecoming" at the Mukataa in Ramallah, with President
Abbas and top Palestinian officials in attendance.
Following the service, the remains will be shuttled to the various
Palestinian cities for burial.
Hamas government in Gaza is planning a full military service for the
remains. Members of all Palestinian factions are expected to attend.
The remains of each terrorist will receive a 21-gun solute.
The Almagor Terror Victims Association, which objected to the move,
said it will petition the High Court to order the government to
release the full list of terrorists included in the deal.
"The victims´ families and the Israeli public deserve to be made
aware of facts that the Palestinian public already knows," the group
said in a statement. (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet 05/31/12)
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