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PA official: Israel kills "Martyrs," holds their bodies and steals their organs

"Ramallah and El-Bireh District Governor Laila Ghannam said that Israel's holding the bodies of Martyrs is a mark of shame on the forehead of the entire world. She noted that the occupation is not satisfied with killing them, but goes further and prevents family members from looking at [the bodies] for the last time and from holding burial ceremonies… Ghannam added yesterday, while taking leave of the bodies of Martyrs Ramzi Shahin and Anis Rafiq Khalil… that the whole world should intervene immediately to put an end to our people's suffering and to stop the Israeli crime and the occupation's actions… She noted that these giants (i.e., the terrorists) were not mere numbers, for they are symbols of the Palestinian struggle, their names and their struggle a badge of honor on the chest of every respectable free person in the world. Ghannam said that by holding the bodies of our Martyrs, the occupation is trying to hide its crimes and the traces of them [the crimes]. She stated that research and several studies have proven that the occupation steals the Martyrs' organs, while the world does not lift a finger in face of all these violations."

Note: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida reported on Aug. 13, 2012 that Ramzi Shahin and Anis Rafiq Khalil were part of a four-member Fedayeen (self-sacrificing fighter, someone prepared to die for a cause) squad that was intercepted by the Israeli army after having crossed the border from Egypt in November of 1991. Ramzi Shahin and Anis Rafiq Khalil were killed in the fire-fight that ensued.
Israel holds the bodies of enemy soldiers and members of terrorist organizations at the Cemeteries for Enemy Casualties. The graves have markers instead of gravestones. The burial is temporary, with the assumption that the bodies will be returned to their countries in the future.

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