Israel announced that families of Hamas prisoners from the West Bank would not be permitted to visit their relatives held in Israeli prisons. Last month, the Israeli government announced it has restricted visits of Hamas family members from Gaza. The restriction was extended after a petition was submitted by the family of fallen IDF soldier Hadar Goldin.

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh Photo Credit: Emad Nassar/Flash90

Israel will not permit West Bank family members of Hamas prisoners to conduct visitations. The decision was announced after a Thursday Supreme Court sitting amid a petition by the family of fallen IDF soldier Hadar Goldin.

Last month, the Israeli government has called for ending the visitations made by Hamas members from Gaza. On Thursday, the policy was extended towards family members from the West Bank.

Furthermore, the Supreme Court convened on Thursday to discuss humanitarian permits given to Hamas members and their families for medical treatments in Israel. The Goldin family submitted an appeal to the court so that such permits would also be denied.

“It is time to clarify to Hamas and its people that their days of medical treatments in Israel have ended” the Goldin family said in a statement. “From now until the return of the soldiers these treatments will given in Turkey, Egypt and Jordan.”