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Minimizing Maximum Security

Minimizing Maximum Security

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This is the Gilboa Prison, in northern Israel, home to 800 Palestinian “security prisoners.”

The security prison was inaugurated in 2004, with the mission of making sure no Palestinian inmate would ever escape. Each cell in the prison is nicknamed “a safe,” weighs 66 tons and is constructed of fortified cement. No one can dig their way out of here.

The men who are kept here made headlines for gory murders of Israeli civilians, people who were dining in a restaurant or riding a bus at the wrong time and place.

Unlike other prisons, in Gilboa prisoners are not allowed to communicate and plot terror acts from the inside. They each sit in his individual “safe,” viewed by 72 close-circuit video cameras. The cells can be opened only through a complex computer controlled system. A tall, barbed wire fence surrounds the compound. It is impossible to escape from here.

Unless, of course, the prime minister calls up and says to let everybody go.

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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