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Israel to release remains of Jenin area man who died in 2002
Published Monday 27/01/2014 (updated) 28/01/2014 11:31
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JENIN (Ma'an) -- Israeli authorities will return the remains of a Palestinian militant who carried out a bombing inside Israel over a decade ago, a human right groups said on Monday.

Israeli human rights group Center for the Defense of the Individual (HaMoked) said in a statement that the remains of Abdul-Karim Tahaynah from Silat al-Harithiya in the Jenin district will be returned on Sunday, twelve years after he was killed in an operation in northern Israel.

Tahaynah's remains will be returned via the Taybeh checkpoint near the northern West Bank city of Tulkarem at 8 p.m. on Sunday.

The remains matched DNA samples taken from relatives, HaMoked added.

Tahaynah died on March 5, 2002 after he detonated an explosive belt he had on his body inside an Israeli bus in Afula. The operation killed one Israeli passenger and and injured more than twenty others.

Islamic Jihad's military wing, the al-Quds Brigades, claimed responsibility for the operation, which took place at the height of the Second Intifada against the Israeli occupation.

The day before the attack, 17 Palestinians had been killed in Israeli attacks across the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

So far this year, four Palestinian families have received the remains of relatives who were killed by Israeli forces and whose bodies had been held in Israel. A fifth family is expected to receive their relative's remains on Tuesday.

Salim Khillah, a spokesman for a committee to retrieve Palestinian remains from Israeli custody, told Ma'an on Jan. 17 that Israeli authorities had decided to return the remains of 36 Palestinians held in Israeli "numbered graves."

Khillah said Israel had agreed to return the remains as a gesture to encourage the PLO to continue with peace negotiations.

But a spokesman for an Israeli human rights group told Ma'an Thursday that the delivery of the remains was the result of a Supreme Court decision.

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.
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1 ) jootoo / UK
27/01/2014 18:30
If his family, and friends from Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine who subsequently claimed responsibility, had not sent these suicide bombers into Israel, there may not have been the need for the Israeli security and separation barrier. Had this Abdul-Karim Tahaynah decided not to blow himself up more than 20 Israeli Jews and Arabs would not have been disfigured for life.

2 ) Sarah / The Netherlands
27/01/2014 20:49
#1 And if your country did't give Palestine to the zionists, thousands of Palestinians where still alive today. There was no need for resistance. There where no refugees and Palestine would still be living in peace with their Jews, Moslims and Christians.

3 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
27/01/2014 21:38
Just think of the opposite ficticious scenario: an Israeli walks into a supermarket in Ramallah Square and blows himself up, killing 25 men, women and children including 3 Palestinian policemen and wounding 86. The Israel Martyrs Brigade says the attack was against a Pal military target and was therefore legal. 10 years later the PA releases the body and Israelis dance in the streets to celebrate the martyr who killed 26 enemy. This was no war crime - it was legitimate resistance. Sound ok?

4 ) Rachamim Dwek / Israel
28/01/2014 20:58
@#2, Sarah: How addled does a person have to be to rationalise "Suicide Bombing" and to then label a person infiltrating a nation and blowing themselves up on a bus as "defence." Get some help fast.
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