Israel returns bodies of Har Nof terrorists to family
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Israel returns bodies of Har Nof terrorists to family

Cousins Uday and Ghassan Abu Jamal buried in West Bank cemetery and not in Jerusalem, where they resided

The two terrorists from Jabel Mukaber who carried out the attack on the Har Nof synagogue in Jerusalem, November 18, 2014 (screen capture: Channel 2)
The two terrorists from Jabel Mukaber who carried out the attack on the Har Nof synagogue in Jerusalem, November 18, 2014 (screen capture: Channel 2)

Israel on Thursday transferred the bodies of the two terrorists who committed a lethal attack on a synagogue in the Har Nof neighborhood of Jerusalem last month to their families.

Under an Israeli court order, the two terrorists were buried in the West Bank and not in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber, where they had resided. Only 40 people were allowed to attend the funeral, the Palestinian Ma’an news agency reported. They were buried in the village of al-Sawahira al-Sharqiyya, adjacent to Jabel Mukaber.

The Israeli government had been withholding the bodies of cousins Uday and Ghassan Abu Jamal, who were shot dead by police after the attack, which committed during morning services at the synagogue on November 18.

The Abu Jamal cousins killed Rabbi Moshe Twersky, Aryeh Kupinsky, Rabbi Kalman Levine and Rabbi Avraham Shmuel Goldberg. Zidan Saif, a policeman, was critically injured in a gunfire exchange with the terrorists, and later succumbed to his wounds, bringing the death toll to five.

A video published by an Israeli Arab news site showed the mother of Uday Abu Jamal praising her son and his accomplice for his actions two days after the attack, an Israel-based media watchdog reported.

Following the attack, Interior Minister Gilad Erdan canceled the residency permit of Ghassan Abu Jamal’s widow and stripped her of all financial and social benefits. Nadia Abu Jamal, a native of the West Bank, had been granted entry to Israel on the basis of the “family reunification law,” which allows for Palestinians to receive Israeli residency permits if they marry a permanent resident of the country.

Later, the three children of Abu Jamal, who were all born in Jerusalem and live in Jabel Mukaber, were denied health insurance by the National Insurance Institute, the Israeli equivalent of US Social Security.

The families of the Abu Jamal cousins were reported to have received demolition orders for their Jabel Mukaber homes; however, the structures have yet to be razed.

AFP contributed to this report.

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