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  6/17/2014, Sivan 19, 5774

Leftist Groups Slam 'Invalid' Crackdown on Hamas


The extreme-left NGO B'Tselem lost no time Tuesday in condemning the Knesset Security Cabinet's decision earlier in the day, which gave the internal security minister a freer hand to harshen prison conditions for jailed Hamas terrorists. B'Tselem Director Hagai Elad struck out at the decision, calling it "a typical example of invalid collective punishment, whose main goal appears to be silencing the demands with a heavy hand by the Israeli political system," reports Walla!.

Not to be outdone, the extreme leftists group Gisha ("Approach") released a statement on Tuesday, protesting the limitation on passage for Arabs to Gaza after the kidnapping.The step was taken so as to prevent the possibility of Hamas terrorists absconding to the Hamas-stronghold of Gaza with the three teenagers, from which Israeli rescue attempts would be considerably harder, as illustrated by the abduction of Gilad Shalit.