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Israel to return the remains of 36 Palestinians
Published Saturday 18/01/2014 (updated) 19/01/2014 20:39
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israel will return the remains of 36 Palestinians currently held in Israeli "numbered graves," a Palestinian committee spokesman told Ma'an.

Salim Khillah, a spokesman for a committee to retrieve Palestinian remains from Israeli custody, said Friday that Israel had agreed to release the remains as a gesture to encourage the PLO to continue with peace negotiations.

He said the remains would be delivered next Sunday.

The remains of one Palestinian killed by Israeli fire in 2002, Majdi Abd al-Jawad Khanfar, will be returned on Sunday at 8 p.m to the Taybeh checkpoint near Tulkarem, Khillah said.

A military funeral will be held in Khanfar's home village of Silat al-Dhahir, he added.

The delivery of the remains is the result of a Supreme Court decision, the spokesman for an Israeli human rights group told Ma'an Thursday.

A spokesman for HaMoked said that the decision came in response to the organization's demands for the release of the remains of every Palestinian currently held in Israel's custody.

He said a DNA match for Khanfar's body had already been confirmed, but that DNA tests for the others were still yet to be completed.

Khanfar was killed on March 30, 2002 after he and another member of Fatah's military wing attacked an Israeli checkpoint in the West Bank, killing an Israeli soldier.
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1 ) Sarah / The Netherlands
18/01/2014 11:56
Lets wait and see, in nov 2013 they said: jan 7th 2014 they will return to their family. They are just driving the loved ones crazy. Witch country does that, keeping body's as prisoners? One killed Palestinian was sentenced to 10 years in the freezer. They (the "Israelis") are just nuts!

2 ) Jooto / UK
18/01/2014 15:47
@1 You need to read about Syria's refusal to return the remains of Eli Cohen. Who was hung in Martyrs Square on 18 May 1965 in Damascus.

3 ) Robert / US
18/01/2014 16:43
Organs missing of course..

4 ) Sarah / The Netherlands
18/01/2014 21:04
#3 Of course, that's the real reason why the nuts cases keeps the body's. #2 How many Syrian body's did "Israel" harvest? I don't give one tittle about your 1 Cohen.

5 ) Violet Haversham (Miss) / Great Britain
18/01/2014 21:50
This is inhumane, return the remains of the dead to their families, so that they can be laid to rest properly. The dead are just that dead, they can no longer harm anyone, irrespective of what they did in life. God will be their final judge & may He have mercy on their souls.

6 ) Lina / Ukraine
19/01/2014 01:44
Unbelievably psychopathic and utterly pervasive psychological torture of an entire people. The cruelty of this is beyond measure. I am disgusted.

7 ) Moe / USA
19/01/2014 06:48
#2 Eli Cohen was an Israeli spy in Syria as you know, so his remains are in Syria not in the occupied West Bank or Gaza, are you that dumb to make the difference, or it's just another Zionist or more like Zionazi excuse.

8 ) Rami / Palestine
19/01/2014 08:43
There's no doubt that Israel steals human organs from Palestinians. http://whitewraithe.wordpress.com/2009/08/25/monsters-really-do-exist/
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