Public Security Minister Omer Barlev said Sunday he would continue an investigation into allegations that an Israeli prison guard was raped by a convicted Palestinian terrorist.

“The evidence is shocking,” said a crowd at the inauguration of a new police station in northern Israel. “It’s a dereliction of duty that cannot be repeated. These cases happened about four years ago, but every stone needs to be turned to make sure this stuff is history.

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Public Security Minister Omer Barlev

(Photo: Gil Nechushtan)

I swear that we will deal with those who hurt women with a very firm hand and with zero tolerance…whether through sexual violence or other types of violence. I also urge anyone who has been harassed not to hesitate and to turn to their superiors. There will be no concealment. Anyone who assists in a cover-up will be fired.”

She accused Mahmoud Atallah – a Palestinian terrorist convicted of murdering Israelis – of raping her and said he was granted special privileges by prison authorities, which allowed him to move freely around the prison. inside the establishment and were quick to respond to all of her inquiries and requests. .

This is the latest in a series of sexual violence accusations brought against Atallah by former prison guards.