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The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a petition against a policy banning MKs from visiting terrorists in Israeli prisons.

The petition was filed by MK Dr. Yousef Jabarin and Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, after the Israel Prison Service (IPS) decided to restrict MKs from visiting arch-terrorist Marwan Barghouti in prison.

Justices Noam Solberg and Yosef Elron wrote the majority opinion, which upheld the IPS decision to allow only one MK from each party to visit an imprisoned terrorist. Justice George Karra wrote the minority opinion calling to accept the pettition.

"Once we understood that the outline was formulated after thorough preparatory work, with the participation of all relevant professionals, and after all other options were weighed, and the result - the outline - appropriate, I do not find that there is a clear justification for our intervention," Justice Solberg wrote.

Justice Yosef Elron, on the other hand, ruled that the court should not rule on the petition until the final details of the IPS policy are determined.

The court ruled in accordance with Justice Solberg's opinion in light of the judges' conflicting opinions.