Israel Prison Service Parole Board: Former Joint Arab List MK Basel Ghattas, who is serving a 2-year sentence for smuggling cellphones to incarcerated Palestinian security offenders, did not express any remorse for his actions, which could have seriously affected Israel’s security.
By Gadi Golan
The Israel Prison Service Parole Board on Tuesday denied an appeal for early release by former Joint Arab List MK Basel Ghattas, saying he has expressed no remorse for his crimes.
Ghattas is serving a two-year sentence for smuggling cellphones and other materials to Palestinian security prisoners. He is serving his sentence in Eshel Prison, near Beersheba.
Former Joint Arab List MK Basel Ghattas – Screenshot
In April 2017, Ghattas pleaded guilty to charges of smuggling contraband into prison, violating Israel Prison Service directives, providing the means to carry out acts of terror, and fraud and breach of trust by a public official. Continue Reading »
Israel Police uncover surreptitious ring smuggling contraband to Palestinian security prisoners using soft-drink cartons sent to the prison’s canteen by the supplier’s employees.
By Eli Senyor
Police have uncovered a network smuggling mobile phones to security prisoners serving sentences in Israeli jails using employees of a company supplying canteen items to prisoners.
The surreptitious scheme was uncovered by an investigation conducted by the police’s central region main unit. Among those arrested for participating in the network are a West Bank resident and Israeli citizens employed with the marketing company providing the canteen products. Continue Reading »
Mass-murdering Palestinian terrorist who was filmed on Israel Prison Services CCTV eating on the toilet during the 1500 prisoner hunger-strike he orchestrated, is no longer to be visited by his wife until 2019.
Arutz Sheva Staff
Israel has informed Fadwa Barghouti, the wife of the arch-terrorist Marwan Barghouti, that she will not be able to visit her husband until 2019.
In an interview with PA media, Barghouti said that the ban stemmed from her support for her husband’s hunger strike several months ago, which about 1,500 terrorist prisoners participated in.
Israel Prison Service negotiated an end to the prisoners’ hunger strike with the Palestinian Authority, without meeting a single one of Marwan Barghouti’s demands. The initiator of the strike, Barghouti, was caught on hidden surveillance camera eating candy bars in his bathroom during the hunger strike.
Hamas’ armed wing releases video with threatening ultimatum to Israeli authorizes should the Israel Prison Service not comply to the demands of hunger-striking prisoners incarcerated in Israeli facilities.
Israel has 24-hours to respond affirmatively to the demands of hunger-striking prisoners in Israeli jails, Abu Obeida, spokesman of Hamas’ armed wing said on Tuesday.
“We are setting a 24-hour deadline for the enemy’s leadership to comply with the prisoners’ demands,” Abu Obeida said in a video posted on Hamas-affiliated news outlets.
Hamas issues ultimatum over hunger-striking prisoners. – Photo- Video screenshot
Abu Obeida said that Hamas’ armed wing, known as the Izzadin Kassam Brigade, will increase the number of prisoners it is demanding Israel release in prisoner swaps talks for every day Israel does not comply. Continue Reading »
Just prior of reporting for 19-month jail sentence, ex-PM Ehud Olmert, the first Israeli (former) premier to be incarcerated, releases a video rejecting criminal wrongdoing.
By Ynet reporters
Former prime minister Ehud Olmert on Monday headed to prison to begin a 19-month sentence for bribery. Olmert released a video before heading to prison in which he denied criminal wrongdoing.
“No one is above the law,” Olmert said in the video. “I made mistakes, but they were not criminal in nature. I reject outright the charges related to bribery.”
Olmert, who was originally sentenced to six months before the Supreme Court partly overturned his sentence in December, said in the video: “This morning I will enter prison to serve my sentence. Continue Reading »
In order avoid irreversible health problems caused by long-term fasting, the IPS medical center in Ramla will establish an emergency room to deal with hunger-strikers.
By Mati Tuchfeld, Itsik Saban & Gadi Golan
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu instructed the authorities on Sunday to examine the possibility of building a special medical emergency room in the framework of the Israel Prison Service, in light of the case of Mohammad Allan, an Islamic Jihad activist imprisoned in Israel who has refused food for over 50 days.
Prisoners in an Israeli jail – Photo: Tal Cohen
The new emergency room is expected to be set up at the IPS medical center in Ramla. Continue Reading »
After Abdullah Barghouti was taken to solitary confinement by Israel’s prisons authority for giving prohibited radio interview with a smuggled in cellphone, it was reported that he began an indefinite hunger strike.
By AFP, Liad Osmo
An imprisoned commander of Hamas’s armed wing who is serving 67 life terms has been placed in solitary confinement for speaking to a radio station, Israel’s prisons authority said Sunday.
Jailed Hamas operative Abdullah Barghouti – Photo: Hagai Aharon
Abdullah Barghouti gave an interview to Hamas radio using a mobile telephone “smuggled into the prison where he is being held, and has been placed in an isolation cell,” said spokeswoman Sivan Weizman.Continue Reading »
Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked to present bill to the Knesset seeking to thwart use of cellphones by incarcerated terrorists.
By Tova Tzimuk
The Ministerial Committee for Legislation approved on Sunday a proposal to prevent the use of cellular devices by prisoners and security detainees involved in acts of terror, presented by Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked.
Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked – Photo: Ohad Zwigenberg
Coincidentally, the bill was presented after – earlier in the day – Palestinian terrorist Abdullah Barghouti conducted an interview with a Palestinian radio station from prison using his mobile phone.
Currently the legal authority to deny detainees use of cellular devices remains vague, with the security services forced to petition the High Court of Justice to prevent prisoners making using cell phones.Continue Reading »
After receiving a tip, Israel Prison Service discovers 4 meter-long tunnel in bathroom, then the guards discover fake uniform.
By Raanan Ben-Zur
Security detainees tried to escape Shita Prison in northern Israel by digging a tunnel a four-meter-long tunnel from a cell bathroom. The cell in which the tunnel was found housed Islamic Jihad prisoners – some serving life sentences.
The entrance to the tunnel – Photo: Courtesy of IPS
The search which discovered the tunnel in the security wing of the prison was initiated after the prisoner’s management received information about a potential attack on guards.
During a search of the bathrooms, in one of the cells that house prisoners sentenced to life terms, guards discovered the opening of a tunnel that was hidden with tiles. Continue Reading »
3 prison guards shot, 1 in critical condition, after Samuel Sheinbein who’s serving life for murder opened fire in a prison bathroom.
By Raanan Ben-Tsur
An American-Israeli prisoner serving life for murder was shot dead at a central Israel jail Sunday after he seized a gun and opened fire on three guards, before barricading himself in a prison bathroom. Samuel Sheinbein was killed when elite troops entered the bathroom at Rimonim prison to bring the situation to an end.
Security forces at Rimonim prison – Photo: Ido Erez
Two of the guards, aged 30 and 35, were in critical and serious condition respectively, and the third, aged 40, sustained light wounds. Continue Reading »
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