Israel to return 91 Palestinian bodies
Palestinian security forces carry flag-draped coffins during preparations Thursday for the funeral in Ramallah, West Bank.
May 31st, 2012
04:25 AM ET

Israel to return 91 Palestinian bodies

In what has been described as a humanitarian gesture, the Israeli government on Thursday began handing over the remains of 91 Palestinians killed in attacks against Israeli targets over the last four decades.

The remains, which had been interred in numbered graves by Israel, began arriving in the West Bank and Gaza early Thursday morning, reported WAFA, the Palestinian Authority-controlled news agency.

The remains of 79 Palestinians will be delivered to the seat of the Palestinian government in Ramallah, where Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will preside over an official funeral service.

The remaining 12 will be delivered to families in Gaza.

Among the returned will be the remains of seven Palestinians involved in a 1975 attack against The Savoy hotel in Tel Aviv.

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  1. saywhat

    As expected my post has probably been quashed. Thanks Nsaidi@cnn.

    May 31, 2012 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  2. Mary

    @ saywhat, Copy/paste your post after you've written it into a word doc ument, that way if you see your post deleted... C/P it from that doc ument... easy peasy... 😉
    It often stays when you post it a second time.

    May 31, 2012 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  3. saywhat

    Thanks and good morning @ Mary. Hope your day started out better.
    No go. CNN would make sure that my comments are kept away from all you good folks .

    May 31, 2012 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  4. Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Blog

    Better clear out all those old bones! New ones coming in soon!

    May 31, 2012 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  5. chrissy

    Good morning saywhat and Mary. I have to wonder what, exactly, is the ulterior motive in Israel appearing 2 do something decent? Because im quite positive there is something! They just dont do things out of the goodness of their hearts! Whats their gain?

    May 31, 2012 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Thinke23

      Whait is their gain? Maybe, Israelis want to see what the Palestinians will do out of the goodness of their hearts in response? For example, the Palestinians could recognize the right of Israel to EXIST... Would they? What do you think?

      May 31, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat

    Hi@ chrissy
    I'm only allowed to say 'hi' on this thread.
    My comments to you were blocked.

    May 31, 2012 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  7. saywhat

    God this is really frustrating.

    May 31, 2012 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  8. chrissy

    What is UP with that? Damn! Although i was quite surprised my comment was allowed also. But im sure ill see you on thursdays thread.

    May 31, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mary

    It's those *BUDDA* monitors having their way with our posts.
    There laughing at you saywhat...
    What ya going to do? 😉 lol Just having a little bit of fun with you.
    Morning chrissy. Hope your day goes well.

    May 31, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  10. chrissy

    Lol @ Mary, so far so good. And you also. Its the manipulation game @ saywhat. Ive noticed that cnn has nothing on the blogs about IRANs stance on the goings on in Syria but theyve made it quite clear how they would feel if we get involved.

    May 31, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  11. chrissy

    @ Thinke23, Israel has had these remains for over 4 decades, and never thought of reaching out in all that time? Now they are pushing the US to intervene in Syria and are sucking up to their arch enemy Pakistan? Something sure smells rotten.

    May 31, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Thinker23

    Chrissy... Israel tried to “reach out” to the Palestinians MANY TIMES. For example, Israel offered them peace and a sovereign independent state in 1948, 1967, 1978, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2009 and the Palestinians REJECTED it every single time declaring that NOTHING short of destruction of Israel would satisfy them. Now I’m asking you again: Would Palestinians recognize the right of Israel to EXIST in response to return of the bodies of their dead “heroes”?

    May 31, 2012 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  13. james ainoris

    Thank s to chrissy... try to find the word "palestine" in world history. you will see that a roman emporer vespasian destroyed solomons temple and killed most of the jews who had lived in israel from the begining... he then renamed israel "palestine" after the jews ancient enemies (no connection to most arab refugees today) salidin the great one the second crusade and said the jews belong in jerusalem! he was a righteous moslem like the druize moslems that live safely in israel today. lookin at these facts the first refugees from "palestine were jews! in 1948 millions of jews were expelled from all arab countries...they make up 60% of israel today! why are they not considered? israel is the only country to save 50000 women and children from sudan genocide! they are christians. i just returned from israel and know. talk to the moslem druize who fight for israel in idf... and all the arabs that live freely and safely there... russia is using arab refugees as pawns... it is sad. james ainoris

    May 31, 2012 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
  14. james ainoris

    Would arabs return bodies of Israeli s? What about the recent "trade" of a thousand known terrorists for one IDF soldie that just happened.... You must have either lived or have relatives in Israel to know the whole story...just look at the war of 1948 when every arab attacked and tried to kill every Jew he could find...the rest fled and now want to come back with all their relatives and grandchildren.... What country or people on earth would tolerate such evil nonsense... you cannot negotiate with people who are taught from birth that Jews are evil.... this is NOT taught in Israeli schools ever about anyone . Where I was school teachers carried automatic rifles "hot" in kindergarten classes since schools and children are often targeted by terrorists...rockets fired every day! at schools and homes! Russia and Now China are behind alot of this and use young arabs as pawns...sad. Only coming of mosiach will stop war and cannot. james ainoris.

    July 24, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |