Terrorist Maher Younis is released from Israeli prison

Maher and his cousin Karim Younis kidnapped and murdered an IDF soldier in 1983.

 Longest serving Palestinian prisoner, Karim Younis, gestures as he is welcomed at his village, after he was freed from Israeli jail earlier today, in Ara, Israel January 5, 2023. (photo credit: REUTERS/AMMAR AWAD)
Longest serving Palestinian prisoner, Karim Younis, gestures as he is welcomed at his village, after he was freed from Israeli jail earlier today, in Ara, Israel January 5, 2023.
(photo credit: REUTERS/AMMAR AWAD)

Terrorist Maher Younis was released from prison on Thursday morning after serving his 40-year sentence, National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir's office announced.

Younis and his cousin Karim were sentenced to the longest continuous sentence of any Palestinian in an Israeli prison after they kidnapped and murdered IDF soldier Avraham Bromberg in 1983. Karim was released from prison two weeks ago.

"Ben-Gvir instructed Israel Police to act decisively and resolutely against the phenomena of terrorism and support for terrorism that we saw last week," said a statement from Ben-Gvir's office. "Following a legal debate that was held in the minister's office, all the participants agreed that flying terrorism flags, statements that the terrorist is a hero and depictions of the murderers are illegal actions, and the police was instructed to prevent them, and if they happen, to disperse them immediately."

Later in the morning, Ben-Gvir praised the police activity, saying that they "did not allow tents for support of terrorism to be erected or the waving of PLO or Fatah flags in the streets."

Karim Younis' release was celebrated

The statement was made after Ben-Gvir instructed the police to probe celebrations that were held last week in response to Karim's release.

 Palestinians take part in a Fatah rally marking the 18th anniversary of the death of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, in Gaza City November 10, 2022. (credit: REUTERS/ IBRAHEEM ABU MUSTAFA) Palestinians take part in a Fatah rally marking the 18th anniversary of the death of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, in Gaza City November 10, 2022. (credit: REUTERS/ IBRAHEEM ABU MUSTAFA)

The police took preventative measures on Wednesday including summoning Younis' family and telling them that they are not allowed to set up a visitors' tent or display a Palestinian Liberation Front flag. The police said that they pledged not to celebrate the release.