The Israeli Knesset on Thursday approved the preliminary reading on the draft amendment to the Prison Authority Regulations, which stipulates that some prisoners are denied visits, especially prisoners of Hamas. The law is specialized for prisoners affiliated to the factions that hold Israeli hostages.
According to the bill submitted by Knesset Member of the Likud Party, Oren Hazan, “the law aims to address the incompatibility between the conditions under which Israel holds prisoners who violate its security and the conditions that detain the” terrorist “organizations as Israeli hostages.
“We can not live with a reality that we do not know the fate of our children,” Hazan said, who last year attacked the bus of families of prisoners from Gaza who were visiting their children in Israeli jails.
“The law proposal gives answers and addresses the inconsistency between the circumstances in which Israel holds prisoners who seek to destroy them, and the circumstances that the terrorist organizations maintain with our soldiers,” said Internal Security Minister Gilad Arad.
The bill prohibits family visits to prisoners. The ban on visits to lawyers or delegates from the International Red Cross was excluded, as these provisions were included in the text of the bill, which was approved by the Ministerial Committee on Legislation.
Hamas has been holding the bodies of two Israeli soldiers, Hadar Goldin and Shaul Oron, since the Gaza offensive in 2014, as well as three Israeli citizens, Avraham Mangisto, Hisham al-Sayed and Jumaa Abu Ghneima, who are believed to have entered the Gaza Strip voluntarily.