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Ultra-Israeli Minister Ben Gvir advocates additional worsening situations for Palestinian prisoners

Israel's National Security Minister, the far-right Itamar Ben Gvir, defended his administration of the Israeli jail system since taking workplace on Tuesday: “One of the main goals I have set for myself is to worsen the conditions of terrorists in prisons,” he wrote on the social community X.

Ben Gvir mentioned his efforts had been targeted on decreasing prisoners' rights “to the minimum required by law” and that “everything published about the abominable conditions” of the captives was true, referring to the abuses reported by each prisoners and humanitarian organizations, together with torture, particularly within the Sde Teman jail within the southern Negev desert.

The statements by the chief of the ultra-right Jewish Power occasion come as accusations are exchanged between the Israeli authorities following the discharge of Mohamed Abu Salmeya, director of the Al Shifa hospital in Gaza, an important within the enclave, after seven months in detention. Abu Salmeya, captured by the military in November to be interrogated about Hamas actions within the centre (the navy discovered certainly one of its tunnels underneath Al Shifa), denounced having suffered “severe torture” and every day assaults in jail. He additionally identified that some prisoners have misplaced as much as 30 kilos resulting from lack of meals: “For two months, none of the prisoners ate more than one slice of bread a day.”

The launch of Abu Salmeya prompted a stir amongst ministers in Benjamin Netanyahu’s authorities, with Ben Gvir on the forefront, criticising the choice, instantly attacking the Shin Bet and the Ministry of Defence led by Yoav Gallant. The Israeli inner intelligence service defended itself in opposition to the accusations by blaming Ben Gvir for not rising the variety of prisons regardless of having demanded it “in every possible forum” for a yr, which led to an absence of locations in prisons and the discharge of Palestinian prisoners like Abu Salmeya.

The far-right minister responded to the accusations right this moment by saying that 2,500 new jail locations have been created since he took workplace, {that a} undertaking for a brand new jail with 936 locations was accepted in April and that 1,200 extra locations shall be added earlier than the top of the yr. “It is quite possible that even after the construction of the new prisons is completed, many terrorists will continue to be crammed into prison. I have already proposed a much simpler solution, to enact the death penalty for terrorists,” he concluded in his message on social media.

In January 2023, Ben Gvir proposed a dying penalty legislation for Palestinians, which was accepted within the first studying (Israeli legal guidelines want three readings to come back into power) two months later. Since then, there was no additional progress within the processing of this legislation. The legislation, which he defends right this moment — final Sunday he referred to as for prisoners to be executed “with shots to the head” — imposed the dying penalty on Palestinian detainees who “have committed a racially motivated murder with the aim of harming the State of Israel.” (EFE)