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National Embarrassment: Former Israeli PM Olmert Heads to Jail Over Bribery Conviction


view videoJust 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.

Translation below

“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 »

From the United States to IDF’s military prison

Young idealistic American came to Israel to join the IDF, but his naïveté ended up embedding him in a wild conspiracy to blow up the Dome of the Rock.

By Yoav Zitun


He made aliyah from United States as a lone soldier, served as a fighter in the Givati Reconnaissance Battalion, was wounded in Operation Protective Edge, and was a short time away from being released and returning to his family in Los Angeles. But that was when he began his troubled path

David during his military service – Photo: Facebook

After an investigation by the criminal investigation division, the police and the Shin Bet, David (not his real name) was arrested on suspicion of aiding an American extremist who planned to blow up the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem, and sentenced to half a year in military prison. 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 »

Good News? Pollard’s release date deleted, replaced with ‘Life’

U.S. Bureau of Prisons spokesman reported that the change was merely ‘administrative,’ but for Esther Pollard, his wife, the change came as good news, she says.



The U.S. Bureau of Prisons changed Jonathan Pollard’s release date on its website from “Nov. 15 2015” to “Life.”

Jonathan Pollard during an interview, May 15, 1998.

Jonathan Pollard during an interview at the Federal Correction Institution in Butner, North Carolina, May 15, 1998. – Photo: AP

A spokesman for the Bureau of Prisons was unable Monday to explain the change on the bureau’s “inmate locator,” which he confirmed occurred recently.

Under sentencing guidelines in place in 1987 when Pollard, a former U.S.

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Israeli still in Indian Prison After Neglected Bullet Found in Backpack

Steve Silvenchev is another of several post-IDF Israelis who are or have been imprisoned abroad for the ‘crime’ of forgetting to clean out a backpack that was used during his army service.

By Yosef Berger


Steve Silvenchev, an Israeli tourist in India, had been in jail in Mumbai for seven months, after authorities there found a bullet in a backpack that he had used at times during his stint in the IDF. They were detected when he went through security in Mumbai when he arrived on what was planned to be a post-army hike. Equipment at Ben Gurion Airport did not pick up the bullets. Continue Reading »

Al-Qaida terrorist held in Israeli jail since 2010

Samer Abed a-Latif al-Barak believed to be an expert in biological weapons has been held in Israel custody for past 3 years, after previously having been detained by US & Jordan.

Israeli defense establishment is requesting a 6-month extension of his detention.




An al-Qaida terrorist with roots in Global Jihad has been held in Israel for the past three years under administrative detention, it emerged Sunday.


Handcuffed – Photo: Reuters

The terrorist, named as Samer Abed a-Latif al-Barak and reported to be of Palestinian origin, has been held in Israel since 2010. The defense establishment is requesting an extension of six months to his detention, which is said to expire in the coming days. Continue Reading »

IDF Soldier Sentenced to 20 Days Imprisonment For Hitchhiking

An IDF  soldier is going to prison for hitchhiking: “There is a real danger of attempted kidnappings” officers say.

By Kochava Rozenbaum


A student in a yeshivat hesder program, which combines military service with Torah learning, was tried and sentenced to 20 days in prison after he asked for a ride contrary to IDF orders which prohibits hitchhiking.

Israeli hitchhiker waits for a ride in Samaria – Photo: Hillel Meir

It was reported on Wednesday that an IDF investigating officer determined the hesder soldier to have been caught hitchhiking. As a result, the offending soldier is spending 20 days of confinement in a Tel Hashomer base. Continue Reading »

Four Jordanians end 3 month hunger strike in Israeli Prison


3 month hunger strike comes to an end on prisoners’ own volition,  says Israeli Prison Service. But Jordanian officials report prisoners’ visitation rights for families led to decision.


Four out of five Jordanian prisoners held in Israel have ended a three-month hunger strike against prison conditions, Israeli officials said on Monday.

“Four Jordanian prisoners ended their hunger strike of their own volition and without any conditions,” a source in the Israeli Prison Service (IPS) told AFP.

“The prisoners’ move was not conditioned on receiving benefits,” the source stressed.

But Jordan’s National Committee for Prisoners in Israel said the inmates ended their strike after an agreement was made, through the Jordanian foreign ministry, to allow their families to visit them. Continue Reading »

Palestinian imprisoned for clicking ‘like’ on anti-PA facebook page

West Bank man sentenced to 6 months in prison for clicking “like” on a Facebook page that criticized a Palestinian Authority official.



A Palestinian man who clicked “Like” on a Facebook status criticizing a Palestinian Authority official has been sentenced to six months in prison.

Anas Ismail, 29, of Salfit, near Nablus, was found guilty of “libel and slander.”

Facebook - Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP

Facebook – Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP

Ismail is the second Palestinian to be imprisoned for Facebook activities in the past few days.

He was sentenced to prison on the same day another PA court in Bethlehem sentenced Palestinian journalist to one year in prison for sharing a photo on Facebook that compared PA President Mahmoud Abbas to a villain and the spy of French colonial authorities in a Syrian drama. Continue Reading »