New Bill Seeks to Worsen Conditions of Incarceration for Terrorists

Bill was submitted by Likud MK Yariv Levin and Kadima MK Yoel Hasson.

MK Yariv Levin (Likud) and MK Yoel Hasson (Kadima) on Monday submitted a bill that would worsen the conditions of incarceration for inmates who were convicted of involvement in terrorism or membership in an organization that holds hostages, and deny them existing privileges.

The bill would deprive said inmates of television privileges, bar then from the possibility of taking classes, and allow for solitary confinement for an unlimited period of time.

The bill is intended to increase the states bargaining power when it comes to hostage negotiations by giving it more options for pressuring terrorist organizations into prisoner exchange deals.

The bill is also aimed at "ending the unreasonable situation in which Israeli citizens and soldiers held by terrorist groups are incarcerated in inhumane conditions while security prisoners held by Israel are imprisoned in far better conditions."

MK Levin, former vice president of the Israel Bar Association, said that "the bill would be balanced and would be inline with international law." Levin noted that the bill does not violate the Geneva Convention, because it does not apply to prisoners of war.

A special ministerial committee Thursday urged the government to revoke some rights from Palestinian prisoners in order to increase pressure on Hamas.

The committee, which was headed by Justice Minister Daniel Friedmann and included ministers Haim Ramon, Shalom Simhon, Rafi Eitan and Meir Sheetrit, as well as Attorney General Menachem Mazuz and various defense establishment representatives, was formed in order to examine the possibility of subjecting Palestinians jailed in Israel to conditions similar to those Shalit faces in Gaza.