Israel begins transfer of terrorists remains

Israel began a court-ordered transfer of the remains of 36 Palestinian terrorists to the Palestinian Authority.

The first body, which had been buried in an Israeli cemetery for enemy casualties, was exhumed Jan. 19 and handed over for reburial in the West Bank, according to reports. More were to be handed over during the week.

Israel’s Supreme Court ruled in favor of returning the bodies to the Palestinian Authority over the course of several weeks following an appeal by the families of the dead terrorists with the assistance of Israeli rights organizations.

Last year, the remains of 91 Palestinians were transferred to the Palestinian Authority and to Gaza. — jta