Dead Woman Shipped From Russia to Israel in Cardboard Box by the Forward

Dead Woman Shipped From Russia to Israel in Cardboard Box

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Giving a new meaning to “next year in Jerusalem,” the body of a 80-year-old deceased woman who wished to be buried in Israel was packed and shipped from Moscow to Tel Aviv. In a cardboard box.

The Foreign Ministry said the woman had been dead for 11 days when her body arrived at Ben Gurion Airport on October 27 wrapped in plastic inside a plain box with no documentation, reported. It only took the volunteer community organization ZAKA a few hours to trace the link back to the woman’s family in Moscow who identified her as Esti Zizuva.

Zizuva asked in her will to be buried in Israel and, unaware of the protocol behind transporting a dead body, her family shipped her as baggage.

“This a family in which the mother died 11 days ago, and they innocently decided to send her for burial in Israel,” the ZAKA spokesman said to Israel’s Channel 2. “Since they didn’t know the procedures, they decided to send her as baggage.”

Upon completion of all her documentation, Zizuva will be buried in Ashdod.

Surprisingly — or not — this is not the first time a dead body has traveled this way. A ZAKA spokesperson said due to high transport fees a man bought a regular plane ticket and shipped his mother’s body in a suitcase two years ago. And families ignorant of the procedure regularly ship loved one’s body parts to be buried in Israel.

Next time you’re on a plane and your seat mate is sleeping the whole flight, try nudging them. Just to make sure they’re just sleep.

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Maia Efrem

Maia Efrem

Maia Efrem is the former research editor and assistant to the editor and was also responsible for the Forward’s annual Salary Survey. Previously she served as the editor of Blognik Beat, a blog written by students who emigrated from or have ties to the Former Soviet Union. Maia is a graduate of Hunter College and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

Dead Woman Shipped From Russia to Israel in Cardboard Box

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