Israel Hands Over Terrorist’s Body to PA


qalqilyaIsrael has transferred to the Palestinian Authority (PA) the remains of Hafez Muhammad Abu Zant, who was killed when he and two other terrorists attacked IDF forces in the Jordan Valley in 1976. The transfer took place Sunday, according to the Bethlehem-based Ma’an news agency.

Official PA news agency WAFA earlier quoted a group called the National Campaign to Recover Bodies of Martyrs as saying that the remains would be transferred to the PA at a Qalqilia checkpoint.

Abu Zant, who was born in 1954 in the city of Shechem, was part of an armed DFLP terror group when he was killed near the al-Hamra checkpoint in the Jordan Valley.

Israel has kept his body since then, the agency reported, and is still holding around 350 bodies of PA terrorists killed over the last 40 years, according to the National Campaign.

The WAFA report – monitored and translated by MEMRI – said that Israel had agreed two months ago to release around 100 of the terrorist bodies it was keeping but retracted its decision after news of the deal broke.

Read more at Israel National News.

{Israel National News/ Newscenter}