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Israel begins transferring bodies of Palestinian terrorists to West Bank

JERUSALEM (JTA) — 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 a cemetery on Israel for enemy casualties, was exhumed Sunday night and handed over for reburial in the West Bank, according to reports. More will be handed over during the week.

Israel’s Supreme Court ruled in favor of returning the bodies to the P.A. 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 in the West Bank and to Gaza.