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Strategic Affairs and Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan

Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan has issued an order to Israel Prison Service Commissioner Ofra Klinger that Hamas terrorist inmates incarcerated in Israeli prisons are not to be allowed to watch the upcoming FIFA World Cup, scheduled to begin in three weeks’ time.

“I have no intention of allowing the Hamas terrorists to watch the World Cup while the bodies of our soldiers are held in Gaza together with our kidnapped citizens,” Erdan said in a statement on Sunday. “Anyone who has removed himself from the family of nations and aligned himself with a culture of murder and terrorism should not be allowed to enjoy international sports competitions that connect different nations around the world.”

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Erdan is reportedly also reviewing the legal options available for revoking the privileges of security prisoners for watching specific television channels as well.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.