Deal in the works for Israel to return bodies of eastern Jerusalem terrorists

Israeli ZAKA volunteers respond to a recent Palestinian stabbing attack outside Mahane Yehuda market in Jerusalem. Credit: Courtesy ZAKA.

( Senior Palestinian sources confirmed Monday that a deal is being negotiated to return the bodies of eastern Jerusalem terrorists killed in recent months to their families for burial.

Israel, which currently holds the remains of 10 Palestinian terrorists, has conditioned their return on low-key funerals, as the services held for terrorists killed since the current surge in violence erupted in October have often turned into public spectacles of incitement.

According to one Palestinian official, the families had agreed to hold nighttime funerals for their sons, attended by close relatives only. Palestinian media quoted several Ramallah officials as saying a deal has been reached.

According to reports, Israel was expected to release the bodies of two terrorists, both residents of the eastern Jerusalem neighborhood of Ras al-Amud, to their families on Tuesday night. Should the families keep their word and hold low-key funerals, the bodies of eight other terrorists will also be returned.

Posted on February 9, 2016 .