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Security prisoners in Ofer Prison's yard

Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan has announced that rules are being tightened for Palestinian Authority terrorists who are incarcerated as security prisoners in the Israel Prison System.

The move is aimed at pressuring the Hamas terrorist organization into returning two living Israeli hostages and the bodies of two Israeli soldiers who fell during Operation Protective Edge in 2014 and who are still being held by the group in Gaza.


Under the new guidelines, terrorist security prisoners will no longer be assigned to the prison wing affiliated with their terror group.

Until now, Palestinian Authority security prisoners have been assigned to separate wings according to terror group affiliation. They have also been allowed to police their own groups – another perk that has been removed.

In addition, security prisoners will no longer have the privilege of providing, receiving and cooking their own food.

And there will be restrictions, finally, on water usage, after terrorists have been opening faucets and leaving water to run for hours at a time, as a another way to fight the State of Israel, through draining the Jewish State of its precious natural resource. Now, says Erdan, this will stop and there will be clear limits on how much water each prisoner will be allowed each day, and when and how it can be used.

A new law was also passed last month to eliminate the privilege of early parole for good behavior after two-thirds of a prison sentence was served by terrorists convicted of murder or attempted murder.

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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, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.