Tag Archive for Palestinian prisoners

Jailed Hamas commander gets solitary after radio interview with smuggled phone

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 »

Israel’s Government Approves Legislation Confiscating Security Detainees’ Cellphones

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 »

Hamas demands release of 63 prisoners just to begin discussing return of 2 IDF bodies

Hamas refuses to negotiate return of fallen IDF soldiers Hadar Goldin & Oron Shaul, until Israel releases 63 Arab terrorists freed in Shalit deal that were rearrested for returning to terrorism.

By Dalit Halevy and Tova Dvorin


Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal has introduced strict conditions for any future transaction with Israel regarding the return of the bodies of two soldiers killed in Operation Protective Edge.

Oron Shaul, Hadar Goldin

Oron Shaul & Hadar Goldin – IDF Spokesman

Last October, there was talk in Hamas of a swap of Arab terrorists in exchange for the bodies of Givati Brigade officer Hadar Goldin and Golani Brigade combat soldier Oron Shaul, although the deal never materialized.
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Gazans Risk Their Lives to Escape the Strip for ‘Better Days’ in Israeli Jails

“I’m sad that I’m back in the Gaza Strip. I went through happy times [in Israeli detention], where I had food, calm, good work, although I did not receive a salary. Those were unforgettable days…” — Rabi, 16, held for 3 months before being returned home to Gaza.


Palestinian youths prefer to spend time in Israeli prison than to live in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip.

IDF vehicle patrols along Gaza border fence [file] - Photo: REUTERS

IDF vehicle patrols along Gaza border fence [file] – Photo: REUTERS

Over the past two months, more than 20 Palestinians have been arrested while trying to cross from the Gaza Strip into Israel, according to Palestinian sources. Continue Reading »

Palestinian President Pays Caught Terrorist Prisoners More Than His PA Police

MK Orit Struk revealed in Knesset Committee meeting, “Being a terrorist actually becomes a profession of choice.”

By Hezki Ezra and Tova Dvorin


The Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee debated Sunday a groundbreaking proposal to offset the money Israel collects for the Palestinian Authority (PA) by funneling money given to terrorists back into the State.

Prisoner captive jail bars

Prisoner captive jail bars – Thinkstock

MK Orit Struk (Jewish Home), one of the initiators of the bill, noted that funds given to the PA are a significant factor in encouraging terrorism against Israelis and Jews.

“Being a terrorist actually becomes a profession of choice,” Struk stated during the hearing.

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Fatah SIM Smuggling Ring Busted in Israeli Prison

Convicted & incarcerated terrorist offered prison guard 20,000 shekels to allow Israeli-Arab smuggle SIM cards into the Ramon prison.

By Gil Ronen, Yoni Kempinski


A sting operation by an undercover prison guard at the Ramon Prison in the Negev has resulted in the arrest of an Israeli Arab on suspicion of helping terrorist prisoners smuggle SIM cards into the jail. The cards were to be used by the terrorist prisoners for communicating with the outside world.

SIM cards seized.

SIM cards seized. – Photo courtesy: IPS Spokesman

In the course of the last few months, the guard worked undercover for the Israel Prisons Service’s Dror unit, in cooperation with the Israel Police Northern District’s Central Unit, which has been tasked with fighting the phenomenon of cellphone smuggling by terror prisoners. Continue Reading »

Jew-Killing is Most Lucrative Palestinian Profession

The murder & attempted murder of Jews has become one of the best paying and prestigious professions in the Palestinian Authority.

By Yossi Aloni


Israel’s security cabinet is exploring ways to curb monthly stipends paid by the Palestinian Authority to Palestinian terrorists sitting in Israeli jails.

Palestinian prisoner Marwan Barghouti – Archives

The issue was again brought to the forefront as Israel sought ways to put pressure on the Palestinians to return three abducted Jewish youths, who have since been found murdered.

Data presented to the cabinet revealed that a terrorist sentenced to 10–15 years in an Israeli jail receives a salary of 6,000 shekels (USD $1,750) a month. Continue Reading »

Israel’s Knesset Passes Bill Blocking Terrorists’ Benefits

Knesset’s landmark legislation to begin removing benefits for terrorist prisoners & ‘gestures’ to the Palestinian Authority.

By Shlomo Pitrikovsky


The Knesset approved the National Insurance Act bill in its second and third readings on Monday night, in a move which would see convicted terrorists stripped of Social Security benefits.

MKs Yariv Levin (Likud), David Rotem (Yisrael Beytenu), and Robert Ilatov (Yisrael Beytenu) drafted the bill, which stipulates that anyone convicted of terrorism-related crime, served more than ten years in Israeli prison, and then was released as part of peace talks or other negotiations, is ineligible for social security benefits.

Benefits to be stripped include maternity benefits, unemployment benefits, accident insurance, bankruptcies for corporations, retirement pensions and car loans, among others. Continue Reading »

PA Changes Ministry’s Name to Keep $12 mil Aid Each Month for Prisoner’s Pensions

Scheme to maintain flow of US & EU foreign aid confirmed after PA spokesman praises maneuver to ‘provide political & legal cover’ to continue paying incarcerated murders, released terrorists and their families.

By Tova Dvorin and Ari Yashar


Palestinian Authority (PA) officials have successfully pulled off a scheme designed to dupe the US into continuing to give aid to the Hamas-Fatah Unity government – all because of a simple name change.

According to one report earlier this month, the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) – the terror group behind the PA and Fatah – changed the name of a PA Ministry office from “Ministry of Prisoner Affairs” to “Authority of Prisoner Affairs” in an attempt to deflect criticism over the 12 million dollar per month salary to terrorist prisoners and their families. Continue Reading »

Passover Eve murder of Baruch Mizrahi told son “Whoever kills a Jew goes to heaven.”


Cleared for publication: Police Chief Superintendent Baruch Mizrahi was killed by Ziad Awad, who confided to his son that the reason for the attack was religious, saying “according to the Islam, whoever kills a Jew goes to heaven.”

By Yoav Zitun


The killer of Baruch Mizrahi, the senior Israeli police officer killed in a Passover eve terror attack near Hebron, was a Palestinian released in the prisoner exchange deal which saw Gilad Shalit freed in 2011 in return for 1,027 Palestinian prisoners, it was cleared for publication Monday.

Awad's arrest last month

Awad’s arrest last month – IDF Helmet Camera Photo: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit

An indictment was filed Monday against Ziad Awad, a resident of the village of Idna near Hebron, for murder and attempted murder. Continue Reading »

Israel to permit hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners to be sedated for force-feeding

Palestinian Member of Israel’s Knesset who oppose the force-feeding bill calls it ‘immoral’ and ‘unethical.’

Jewish MK says, “Tibi wants pain & suffering, and I don’t. I don’t want them to suffer.”


Physicians will have the authority to sedate hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners to make it easier to force-feed them, the Public Security Ministry’s legal adviser said on Wednesday.

Palestinians pray by the separation barrier in Bethlehem on June 6, 2014.

Palestinians pray by the separation barrier in Bethlehem on June 6, 2014, during a demonstration in support of hunger-strikers. – Photo: AFP

Israeli Arab MK Ahmed Tibi protested the decision, calling it “a huge scandal.”

“This is a new piece of information, and I ask that the discussion be stopped immediately,” Tibi said.

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Lieberman reassess, party now opposes release of imprisoned terrorists

Yisrael Beiteinu head Avigdor Lieberman, says its cabinet members will be directed to reject any future proposal to free convicted & incarcerated Palestinian terrorists.



Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Sunday he will use party discipline to prevent cabinet ministers from Yisrael Beiteinu from approving any future deals to release Palestinian security prisoners. Yisrael Beiteinu cabinet members voted in support of the Gilad Shalit deal, as well as last year’s goodwill gesture to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas for the release of prisoners in four stages. Three of the four stages were carried out.

Avigdor Lieberman.

Avigdor Lieberman. – Photo: Olivier Fitoussi

Speaking to Army Radio on Sunday morning, Lieberman said there will be no more terrorist releases, neither as a gesture or for any other reason.

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Incarcerated Islamic Jihad terrorists dug escape tunnel in Shita Prison


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 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 »

Bill to Force-Feed Hunger Striking Prisoners Approved by Israel’s Knesset

According to the bill, if Israel’s District Court gives its approval, it will be possible to provide forced medical treatment to striking prisoners – even without their approval.

By Hezki Ezra and Tova Dvorin


The Knesset approved for the first reading a landmark bill Monday which would allow prison authorities to force-feed hunger-striking prisoners, sparking fury from several MKs.

The Government bill seeks to authorize the Commissioner of Prisons to petition the District Court to obtain a permit for medical treatment of hunger-striking prisoners.

The court will take into account the opinion of the ethics committee at the hospital where a patient prisoner, except in urgent cases, and will be required to consider the medical condition and mental state of the prisoner, the degree of intrusiveness of the treatment and its impact on respect for the prisoner. Continue Reading »

Making History: ‘Life Without Parole Bill’ Approved for Vote, Next Stop, the Knesset

Israel’s Economics Minister Naftali Bennett posts a victory comment on his Facebook page shortly after bill passed committee vote, praises ‘end to ‘murder deal’ only in Israel.’

By Tova Dvorin


The “Life Without Parole” bill has passed in a Security Committee vote, Economics Minister Naftali Bennett revealed in a Facebook post Sunday afternoon, providing a significant stumbling block for future terrorist releases.

“This moment, the government approved the law against releasing terrorists,” Bennett wrote. “Today, we end the ‘murder deal’ – a deal which exists only in Israel. Under the new law, [terrorists convicted of] serious acts of murder could see the judge give them a life sentence without the possibility of parole.” Continue Reading »