Honenu: Allow Ben Uliel his religious rights on the High Holidays

Since the July 2015 arson attack on the Dawabshe family’s house in Kfar Duma, Honenu has assisted many Jews accused of involvement with the crime. For a selection of posts describing Honenu Attorneys’ representation of defendants and GSS interrogees, click here. To familiarize our readers with the case, Honenu has gathered – click here – various articles and short videos on the subject.

Sunday, September 11, 2022, 9:46 Amiram Ben Uliel is being held in complete solitary and is not allowed to pray in a minyan. As the High Holidays and the days of selichot prayers approach, Honenu Attorney Adi Keidar sent a letter to Eshel Prison in Be’er Sheva asking the Prison Service to allow Ben Uliel to pray in a minyan, hear Torah readings, receive a shofar and everything else he needs to fulfill his religious requirements. Keidar noted that the religious needs and rights of prisoners are statutory and therefore they must be granted to Ben Uliel.

Keidar: “We have repeatedly raised the issue of the unprecedented treatment, by any standard, of Amiram by the Prison Service and the GSS. There is no other prisoner being held under such severe, degrading conditions that ignore his rights and especially disregard his wife and daughter. The kid-gloved treatment that Arab security prisoners and terrorists receive has been extensively reported in the media. The time has come for a change in Amiram’s treatment, and the sooner the better.”

Amiram Ben Uliel is being held under extremely harsh prison conditions in Eshel Prison in southern Israel. He is in a high-security wing, in isolation, without any contact with other prisoners. He is allowed to leave his cell for only two hours a day, alone, to an empty, closed-in prison yard. Contrary to other prisoners, he is prohibited from phoning either his family or his attorneys. His family is allowed to visit him once every two weeks for approximately half an hour, separated by a glass partition. Additionally, he is not allowed to go to the prison synagogue to pray with a minyan and he is allowed to keep only five holy books in his cell.

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