IDF clarifies: Body of terrorist erroneously returned to Palestinians

An investigation has been launched into how the body was returned contrary to government directives.

April 15, 2016 20:09

Return of Palestinian terrorist body

Return of Palestinian terrorist body


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user uxperience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew, Ivrit
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Repor
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

Israel on Friday erroneously returned to the Palestinian Authority the body of an ax-wielding terrorist who was killed the previous day after attacking IDF soldiers at a military post at Al-Aroub, south of Bethlehem.

The IDF initially confirmed that the body of Ibrahim Baradiah, had been returned to Palestinian custody, but later said the return occurred “following an error that originated in a misunderstanding.”

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.

An investigation has been launched into how the body was returned contrary to government directives.

“The government sets the policy on returning bodies,” the IDF Spokesman said.

In March, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon to stop the transfer of Palestinian terrorists’ bodies since Israel believes their funerals fuel additional violence.

Palestinians hold that these assailants are martyrs and have in the past held mass funerals for them in which their bodies are paraded on gurneys through their home villages or cities.

The 54-year-old terrorist was born in the village of Surif, northeast of Hebron. According to Palestinian reports, he had been a prisoner in Israeli jails for an undisclosed number of years.

Yasser Okbi/Maariv Hashavua contributed to this report.

Related Content

July 18, 2018
Gaza group vows to continue launching flaming kites at Israel