Released Hizbollah Spy was born to a Jewish Mother. IDF body parts returned.
- From: jgarbuz <jgarbuz@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sun, 1 Jun 2008 08:25:11 -0700 (PDT)
Hizbullah Returns IDF Body Parts, Israel Frees Hizbullah Spy
by Hana Levi Julian
Israel released convicted Hizbullah spy Nissim Nasser on Sunday
morning – and in return, received a box allegedly containing body
parts of Israeli soldiers.
Hizbullah spokesman Wafik Safa made the announcement on the terrorist
group's Al-Manar television network, standing next to a brown box
which he said contained the remains. Nassar was shown standing next to
"We today are handing over some of the remains of a number of Israeli
soldiers who were killed in the July war and who the Israeli army left
in Lebanon," said the Hizbullah spokesman, upon Nasser's arrival.
The Hizbullah spy was transferred by Israeli officials to
representatives from the Red Cross and UNIFIL at the Rosh Hanikra
crossing on the border with Lebanon earlier in the day.
The International Red Cross Association confirmed shortly after 12:00
noon that its officials had received a box containing remains of IDF
soldiers who fell in battle during the 2006 Second Lebanon War.
The box was placed in a Red Cross vehicle for transfer to the IDF
Chief Rabbinate, which will bring the remains to the Abu Kabir
Forensic Institute for DNA testing.
Nasser, a 41-year-old Lebanese national, had completed his six-year
prison term but continued to be held in administrative detention, at
the Nitzan Detention Center. There has been speculation that officials
were hoping to use the Lebanese convict as a bargaining chip in
negotiations for the return of kidnapped IDF reservists Ehud
Goldwasser and Eldad Regev.
The Prime Minister's Office, however, has denied any connection
between the timing of Nasser's release and any possible deal to return
Goldwasser and Regev.
Nasser was born to a Jewish woman but later converted to Islam. He
immigrated to Israel in 1991 under the Law of Return, but said he
eventually decided to spy for Hizbullah because he considered himself
to be a "Lebanese patriot and a Muslim." He relinquished his Israeli
citizenship as part of the deal to be returned to Lebanon.
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