Report: Israel to return remains of dozens of Palestinians to PA

Palestinian official claims move is Israeli gesture to the Palestinian Authority to continue with peace talks.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
January 18, 2014 17:07
Palestinian Fatah members carry their weapons as they take part in a parade.

fatah gunment 370. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
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The remains of 36 Palestinians buried in Israel in unmarked graves will be returned to the Palestinian Authority on Sunday, according to a report by the Maan Palestinian news agency.

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The report cited Salim Khillah, a spokesman for a committee to retrieve Palestinian remains from Israeli custody, saying Israel was returning the remains as a gesture to the Palestinians to continue with the current round of peace talks.

Despite Khillah’s claim that the move was an Israeli gesture of goodwill, a spokesman for the Israeli NGO Hamoked – The Center for the Defense of the Individual told Ma’an the delivery of the remains was a result of a petition the NGO filed to the Supreme Court.

Khalil said the remains of one of the deceased, Majdi Abd al-Jawad Khanfar, will be returned on Sunday at 8 p.m. to the Taibeh checkpoint, to be followed by a military funeral in his West Bank village. According to the report, al-Jawad Khanfar was killed in 2002 after he and another member of Fatah’s military wing attacked and killed an Israeli soldier at a West Bank checkpoint.

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