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Judiciary: May 7, 2012

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The Central District Court rejected a petition by Mohammed Karim Yones, a security prisoner, requesting the renewal of his university studies in the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.  The request was originally rejected by the Prison Service, claiming that studies are a privilege and that the prisoner can finish his studies after he is released, even though he is serving a life sentence.

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May 7th, 2012 at 5:33 pm

Internal Security: March 1, 2012‎

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The head of the Israel Prison Service, Aharon Franco, signed an order for the early release of 600 prisoners, due to lack of room in Israeli prisons.

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March 1st, 2012 at 3:07 pm

Internal Security: February 15, 2012

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The Israeli Prison Service parole committee decided to cut the sentence of police officer Shachar Mizrahi, who shot and killed Mahmud Gnaim, when the latter tried to steal a vehicle. Mizrahi was charged and convicted of manslaughter, and sentenced (after appealing to the Supreme Court) to 30 months in prison. He will be released in April 2012, instead of February 2013.

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February 15th, 2012 at 3:06 pm

Internal Security: February 6, 2012

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A committee in the Ministry of Welfare and Social Services has repeatedly denied Yaakov Hassan, a prisoner convicted of murder and incarcerated for the past 26 years, his furlough requests, even though the relevant Prison Service committee approved a furlough more than six years ago, saying his behavior was acceptable.  The reason provided for the refusal in 2006 was that Hassan might pose a threat to his wife, who died in 1987.

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February 6th, 2012 at 2:53 pm

Military and Security Forces: February 1, 2012

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According to data obtained by B’Tselem from the Prison Service, there has been a steady increase in the number of Palestinian detainees held in administrative detention in 2011: In January 2011 219 Palestinians were held in administrative detention, while in December 2011 their number had risen to 307.  According to the data, as of the end of December 2011, 29% of detainees had been held for between 6 months and one year, and a further 24% for between one and two years.  17 detainees have been held for between two and four years, and one has been held for more than five years.  The data further shows that at the end of 2011 Israel was holding a Palestinian minor in administrative detention.  One of the detainees, 34 year old Khader Adnan, from the village of ‘Araba near Jenin, was detained on December 17, and has been on hunger strike since the 18th.  According to Physicians for Human Rights, “his condition is life-threatening.”

Closed Society: December 2, 2011

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The police investigation of last year’s Carmel fire did not investigate the functioning of the police officers and commanders during the event, or the cooperation between the police department and other agencies, such as the fire services, prison service and local councils.  A team from the fraud division checked the radio recordings and interviewed the police officers on the scene, but not their commanding officers.  The investigative team was set up in the Northern District Fraud Division, under the command of Superintendent Aaron Gal-Or.

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December 2nd, 2011 at 11:15 pm

Internal Security: November 10, 2011‎

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Former Border Police policewoman Shani Sevilla was sentenced to three months in prison and three months community service after admitting to abuse of a Palestinian minor under her supervision. Among other deeds, she pointed a gun at the minor’s head and pulled the trigger while saying “death to the Arabs, all Arabs are bastards”.

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November 10th, 2011 at 2:52 pm

Police: 18 April, 2011

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The television show “Uvda” showed a video of Metzada unit fighters and Israel Prison Service guards raiding one of the Kziot Prison wards, with the purpose of “boosting morale” of the guards. During the raid, which went awry, one of the prisoners was shot to death, and many other prisoners were injured.

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April 18th, 2011 at 4:19 pm

Police: 18 March, 2011

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The Turkel Committee, which vets senior civil service appointments, called on the Attorney General, Yehuda Weinstein, to investigate some anonymous letters claiming that Major General Eli Gabizon of the Israel Prison Service had romantic affairs with five women of the Service, and that in one case he allegedly helped one of them to upgrade her benefits, in contradiction to the Service procedures. Gabizon is a candidate to be the Commissioner of the Prison Service.

Police: 12th December, 2010

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A 16-years old girl sued the police and the prison service for 100,000 NIS, claiming a female prison guard illegally strip-searched her. According to the suit, the the guard touched the girl’s breasts and genitals, which the suit claims was an “indecent act, carried out for the purposes of sexual humiliation”. (Hebrew)

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December 12th, 2010 at 6:27 am