Israel cancels family visits to Hamas terrorists in Israeli prison
Israel’s government informed the Supreme Court that it had decided to stop family visits of Hamas terrorists from Judea and Samaria that are imprisoned in Israeli jails in order to force the terror group to return the bodies of two IDF soldiers it has been holding since August 2014.
The Goldin family, whose son Hadar Goldin was killed and captured by Hamas in Gaza during Operation Protective Edge, took its struggle to the High Court of Justice in November, petitioning the court to bar the government from handing over the bodies of Hamas terrorists back to the terror group, to order the government to revoke visitation rights from all Hamas prisoners in Israel as well as to reduce the number of entry visas for humanitarian purposes granted to Gaza residents.
“The Security Cabinet has decided to exert pressure on Hamas so it understands holding onto IDF soldiers is a burden, to send a message that Israel is changing the rules and a heavy toll will be exacted for every additional day they hold on to those soldiers,” Simcha Goldin said in November.
“However, in a highly absurd situation, the government hasn’t the slightest inclination to implement the Cabinet’s decisions. Israel has completely halted visitations of Gaza residents to Israeli jails, but families in Judea and Samaria are asking to visit prisoners on a daily basis. The government of Israel has capitulated to Hamas,” Goldin accused.
The State Attorney’s Office told the High Court on Thursday that Israel has recently stopped family visits to Hamas security prisoners from Judea and Samaria, after having already barred visits of relatives from Gaza.
The Goldin family demanded that the Security Cabinet’s decision would be carried out in full, barring any entry of Hamas members into Israel for medical treatments.
“It is time to make it clear to Hamas and its people that the days of medical treatments in Israel are over, and from now until the return of the soldiers, these treatments would be done in Qatar, Turkey, Egypt and Jordan,” the Goldin family said in a statement.