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Israeli decision not to return bodies of terrorist “Martyrs” is “racist” and “extremist”

Headline: "The occupation's attorney’s office decided to bury the bodies of Martyrs Abu Sbeih and Qunbar in the numbered cemeteries"

"The Israeli occupation's attorney’s office yesterday, Thursday [Oct. 31, 2019], notified the [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners' Affairs Attorney Muhammad Mahmoud of its intention to bury the bodies of Martyrs Musbah Abu Sbeih (i.e., terrorist, murdered 2) and Fadi Qunbar (i.e., terrorist, murdered 4) in the numbered cemeteries (i.e., Israeli cemeteries for temporary burial of terrorists) in the coming days…

The commission strongly condemned this aggressive policy and said: ‘This racist and extremist step, which reeks of terror and hate, is consistent with the decision of the so-called Israeli Supreme Court that was published about two months ago and allowed the Israeli authorities to continue holding the Martyrs’ bodies in a way that violates the foundations of international law and the humanity of human beings.’

The commission noted that the Israeli occupation authorities are holding the body of Martyr Musbah Abu Sbeih, who died as a Martyr in October 2016 accused of carrying out a shooting operation in Jerusalem that led to the death of 2 soldiers, and the body of Martyr Fadi Qunbar, claiming that he carried out a car ramming operation in Jerusalem in November 2017 that led to the death of 4 soldiers of the occupation army.”

The Cemeteries for Enemy Casualties (numbered cemeteries) are two burial sites maintained by the Israeli army for burying the bodies of enemy soldiers during wartime as well as terrorists. They are fenced and well-marked. Graves have markers instead of gravestones. Burial is temporary, as the bodies are eventually returned to their countries of origin. No ceremony is held. The bodies are buried in numbered caskets after their identities are documented.

Musbah Abu Sbeih – 39-year-old Palestinian terrorist who murdered 2 Israelis and wounded 5 others in 3 drive-by shooting attacks in Jerusalem on Oct. 9, 2016. Abu Sbeih, who held Israeli residency status, began his shooting spree at the Ammunition Hill light rail stop and continued to the Shimon Hatzadik neighborhood. He was killed in an exchange of fire with Israeli border police officers during the attack. On the morning of the attack, Abu Sbeih was due to turn himself in to begin a 4 month jail sentence, after being convicted in January 2015 on numerous counts of inciting to terror and supporting a terror organization. On his Facebook page, Abu Sbeih praised terror groups including Hamas as well as terrorists who carried out attacks and actively called for attacks against Israelis. In July 2016, Abu Sbeih was given a distancing order from the Temple Mount that was to be in effect until the end of October 2016.


Fadi Al-Qunbar – 28-year-old Palestinian terrorist who murdered 4 Israeli soldiers – officer Yael Yekutiel, 20, and cadets Shir Hajaj, 22, Shira Tzur, 20, and Erez Orbach, 20 – and wounded over 15 other soldiers in a truck ramming attack at the Armon Hanatziv Promenade in southeast Jerusalem on Jan. 8, 2017. After ramming into the soldiers at high speed, Al-Qunbar ran over the prone soldiers again before being shot and killed by soldiers and an armed civilian. Al-Qunbar supported ISIS online.

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