TEL AVIV (Jun. 25)
Israel handed over 20 convicted terrorists from Sinai and the Gaza Strip to Egyptian authorities today and received in exchange coffins bearing the remains of Eliyahu Hakim and Eliyahu Beth Tzuri, who were hanged in Cairo on March 23, 1945 for the murder of Lord Moyne, the then British Resident Minister in the Middle East. The bodies will be re-interred tomorrow with full military honors at the Military Cemetery on Mt. Herzl.
Hakim and Beth Tzuri were members of the underground Stern group of the British Mandate era in Palestine. They assassinated Lord Moyne in Cairo on November 6, 1944 and were subsequently captured and sentenced to death. Relatives of both men were at the Balooza checkpoint in Sinai this morning when the bodies were exchanged for the terrorist convicts. Also present were Geula Cohen and Itzhak Shamir, Knesset members of Likud who were formerly members of the Stern group.