Member of Bat Ayin Underground Approved for Early Release

Ofer Gamliel, convicted of attempting to set off explosives at a girls' school, is approved for early release for good behavior.

The Israel Prisons Service parole board Wednesday approved the early release of a prisoner convicted of attempting to blow up a school in East Jerusalem, after he served 10 years of a 15-year sentence.

Ofer Gamliel, a member of the so-called Bat Ayin underground, together with an accomplice, Shlomi Dvir, was convicted of attempting to set off explosives they brought to the school in a wagon.

At the request of the state, Gamliel’s release has been delayed for a week.
In May 2012, Gamliel and Dvir filed for reduction of their sentence by one third, due to the fact that they had expressed regret for their actions and had a record of good behavior behind bars.

Haaretz has learned that a number of meetings have already been held on the matter with the participation of Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein and Shin Bet chief Yoram Cohen, who have stated their opposition to the early release.
The parole board is to meet next month to discuss Dvir’s release.

The Bat Ayin underground was uncovered in 2002, during the second intifada, when the Shin Bet security service arrested a number of people involved in the attempt to blow up the school for girls, located in the capital’s Abu Tor neighborhood. In 2003, Gamliel and Dvir were arrested; Dvir was apprehended at the site of the intended attack, with the wagon containing the explosives. Both men were sentenced to 15 years in prison, which they began to serve in June of 2002. Some of the other members of the underground, also imprisoned for their part in the affair, have already completed their prison term.

Emil Salman