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Coalition blocks committee to investigate claims guards were ‘pimped’ to prisoners

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is a breaking news editor at the Times of Israel.

Illustrative: A prison guard is seen in a watchtower at Gilboa prison, in northern Israel, September 6, 2021. (Flash90)
Illustrative: A prison guard is seen in a watchtower at Gilboa prison, in northern Israel, September 6, 2021. (Flash90)

Coalition lawmakers shut down an attempt by the opposition to establish a parliamentary inquiry committee to look into claims that female prison guards were “pimped” to Palestinian terror inmates, in order to keep the prisoners happy.

Most of the coalition lawmakers are said to have wanted to support the bill, but were unable to so, due to coalition discipline.

The proposal fails to pass, with only 41 MKs voting in favor, and 46 against.

The bill, brought by MK Ofir Sofer of the right-wing Religious Zionism Party, comes in the wake of bombshell remarks about the issue made by Gilboa Prison warden Freddy Ben Shitrit, during testimony before a commission of inquiry probing a recent prison break by Palestinian terror convicts.

Female soldiers first alleged in 2018 that they were forced into close contact with prisoners as sexual bargaining chips, leading to them being harassed and assaulted, but the case was closed due to a lack of evidence.

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