Documents Reveal ‘Food Benefits’ for Terrorists During Ramadan

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Israeli Minister of Public Security Gilad Erdan. (Basel Awidat/Flash90)

Chicken, lamb, fresh vegetables and even Arabic sweet pastries for dessert – all these were on the menu for terrorists during the recently ended Ramadan month, documents revealed on Hadashot News showed. The benefits to the terrorists were in direct defiance – by officials in the Prisons Service – to orders by Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, who is responsible for the Service. Erdan has in the past ordered that terrorists not be given any special privileges, and that current privileges be eliminated as long as Hamas holds the remains of IDF soldiers Hadar Goldin and Oron Shaul.

The documents clearly demonstrate that Erdan’s orders were being flouted, Hadashot News said. Among the benefits to the terrorists during the Ramadan month was better food, as well as more access to groceries and fresh food. A second document orders that Muslims who fasted during the day in  Ramadan be supplied with special “break the fast” meals that included items like dates, olive oil, za’atar, coffee – and baklava, the sweet honey pastry traditionally served to break the Ramadan fast.

In a statement, the Prisons Service said that it “does not fund any extra or special foods for terrorists. It appears that the prisoners got permission to make those purchases themselves, using their own money.” Erdan’s office said that “the decisions portrayed in the letter were never approved by the minister’s office. The decision were directly in violation of orders by the minister. An investigation will be launched on the matter.”