update desk

Israel’s longest-serving security prisoner released after completing 40-year sentence

Karim Younis, arrested in 1983 for the murder of IDF Cpl. Avraham Bromberg, was not released directly from Hadarim Prison in order to avoid a “victory picture.”

Family and friends greet Karim Younis, who was released from Israeli prison on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023, after serving a 40-year prison sentence for murdering an IDF soldier in 1980. Photo by Jamal Awad/Flash90.
Family and friends greet Karim Younis, who was released from Israeli prison on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023, after serving a 40-year prison sentence for murdering an IDF soldier in 1980. Photo by Jamal Awad/Flash90.

The Israel Prisons Service on Thursday released the country’s longest-serving security prisoner, Karim Younis, an Arab Israeli jailed for murdering Israel Defense Forces Cpl. Avraham Bromberg in the Golan Heights in 1980.

Under directives from National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir, Younis, who had completed a 40-year jail term, was driven to the Ra’anana central bus station and not released directly from Hadarim Prison, north of Tel Aviv, in order to avoid a “victory picture,” Hebrew media reported.

Younis, who was arrested by Israel in 1983, contacted family members from the junction and received a ride to the Arab Israeli town of ‘Ar’ara, in northern Israel.

He then visited his mother’s grave, stating, “I am prepared to sacrifice another 40 years for the freedom of our people. My consolation is that today prisoners are united against the barbarity of the occupation,” according to Israel National News.

“Until we pass the death penalty for terrorists, I will do everything so that God willing they leave prison in shame,” Ben-Gvir tweeted on Thursday.

You have read 3 articles this month.
Register to receive full access to JNS.

Just before you scroll on...

Israel is at war. JNS is combating the stream of misinformation on Israel with real, honest and factual reporting. In order to deliver this in-depth, unbiased coverage of Israel and the Jewish world, we rely on readers like you. The support you provide allows our journalists to deliver the truth, free from bias and hidden agendas. Can we count on your support? Every contribution, big or small, helps JNS.org remain a trusted source of news you can rely on.

Become a part of our mission by donating today
Topics
Comments
Thank you. You are a loyal JNS Reader.
You have read more than 10 articles this month.
Please register for full access to continue reading and post comments.
Never miss a thing
Get the best stories faster with JNS breaking news updates