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Bahr: Shalit law will lead to more kidnappings

5 May 2010 13:22

Ahmad Bahr, first deputy of the Palestinian Legislative Council, said Tuesday that a proposed law prohibiting Hamas affiliates in Israeli custody from receiving family visits will lead to further attempts to kidnap Israeli soldiers.

Responding to Israeli media reports that the law, termed the Shalit Law after captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, will soon pass before the Israeli parliament’s plenum for discussion, Bahr said the move would reinforce legitimate Palestinian demands and further kidnappings.

A statement released by the PLC official said “the prisoners’ cause is in the hands of every Palestinian, Arab and Muslim, and will be alive in the hearts and minds of all.”

Bahr said Palestinian detainees endure harsh conditions in Israeli custody, with punitive measures often enforced against prisoners by the Israeli Prison Service, calling on human rights organizations to bring an end to “Israeli aggression against prisoners.”

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