Israel: Bill banning family visits passes first reading

The Knesset today approved a preliminary reading of proposed legislation that would deny family visits to jailed members of Palestinian resistance movement Hamas. Proposed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party, the bill’s first reading was approved by Knesset members in a vote of 85 to 11. Before becoming law, a second and third reading of the bill must also be approved by the 120-member assembly.
 
A Knesset statement reads: “The bill proposes the revocation of visits to security prisoners… if said prisoner is a member… of a terrorist group that prevents representatives of the Israeli government, humanitarian organisations, or family members from visiting Israeli hostages held by that group.”
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