Oct 23, 2021
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The ZAKA voluntary community emergency response teams in Israel (the acronym stands for Zihuy Korbanot Ason, Heb: Disaster Victim Identification) has decided to start wrapping the bodies of murderous terrorists in black bags and not the ordinary white bags used for victims.

The move comes in response to numerous requests by Israelis who have complained to the organization that it is sacrilegious to wrap the bodies of the terrorists in bags with the ZAKA inscription. One complaint read: “ZAKA is a sacred organization, and you mustn’t blaspheme the ZAKA name with the bodies of bloodthirsty killers.”

ZAKA members, most of whom are Orthodox Jews, assist ambulance crews, aid in the identification of the victims of terrorism, road accidents and other disasters, and, where necessary, gather body parts and spilled blood for proper burial. They also provide first aid and rescue services, help with the search for missing persons, and participate in international rescue and recovery operations.

ZAKA Chairman Yehuda Meshi Zahav sai in a statement: “ZAKA is an organization entrusted with the dignity of the dead, and we treat everyone with the due respect and the required sensitivity, regardless of religion, race and nationality. However, when it comes to heinous murderers and particularly the brutal ones, after all, we need to know how to distinguish between the victims and the murderers and not desecrate and defile the bags with the ZAKA inscription.”