Family from Russia admit they shipped the body for burial in Israel as a ‘package’ because they were unaware of the proper procedures.
By HERB KEINON
Customs workers at Ben-Gurion Airport were astounded to open an unclaimed package there on Tuesday and find a woman’s corpse inside.
Foreign Minister spokesman Alon Lavi said that the package arrived Tuesday morning on an Aeroflot flight from Russia. There was no accompanying paperwork with the body identifying the deceased, or the person who sent the “package,” or any of the necessary permits needed for burial.
Lavi said that after hours of efforts with the assistance of Zaka, including the head of that organization in Russia, Shaya Deutsch, the identity of the corpse was discovered: a woman who died 11 days ago. The Foreign Ministry is now arranging the necessary paperwork to enable burial.
Moti Bukjin, the Zaka spokesman in Israel, told Mako that the family of the deceased “innocently decided to send her for burial in Israel. Since they did not know the procedure, they thought they would just send her like they would a package.
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