Palestinian detainees accuse inmate, Duma murder suspect, of blasphemy against prophet

Ben-Uliel and two minors were charged on January 3 for the murder of three members of the Dawabsha family: 18-month-old Ali and his parents, Sa'ad and Riham, in July 2015.

April 24, 2016 15:28
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Duma‏ attack

Amiram Ben-Oliel, charged with racially-motivated murder for the arson attack on the Dawabsha family home in Duma‏. (photo credit: Courtesy)


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Palestinian detainees at Eshel Prison in the Negev have accused their fellow inmate, Amiram Ben-Uliel, who was indicted for the Duma terror attack, of cursing Prophet Mohammad and hurling racial slurs at them, the Palestinian news site Dunya al-Watan reported Saturday.

In a letter to the Israel Prison Service, the Palestinian prisoners underscored that Ben-Uliel, who is being held in a section of the prison designated for Jewish criminal detainees, adjacent to their section, makes racists comments against them and writes offending slogans against the Prophet.

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The prisoners concluded the letter demanding the Israeli Prison Service immediately remove Ben-Uliel from Eshel Prison and put an end to what they said is his racist and provocative behavior that offends their faith.

Ben-Uliel and two minors were charged on January 3 for the murder of three members of the Dawabsha family, 18-month-old Ali and his parents, Sa'ad and Riham, in July 2015.

Since he was indicted, the Duma arson suspect has been held in Eshel Prison along with with Meir Etinger, a suspected right-wing extremist who is being held in administrative detention.

Israel Prison Service Spokesman Asaf Liberati said that a few weeks ago a complaint was issued by the Arab security prisoners against Uliel and other Jewish extremists in the prison, but that in recent days no such complaint had been issued. 

Liberati said the insults were mutual - the Jewish extremists would curse Muhammed and Islam and the Arabs would answer with curses against the Jews. He said that both sides were threatened with sanctions and disciplinary measures, and that as a result the curses stopped, as far as he heard. 


He added that the Jewish and Muslim security prisoners are segregated from one another, but they can still shout at each other from their respective sections of the prison. 

Ben Hartman also contributed to this report.


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