Speaking on Wednesday to an Israeli government panel, Gilboa Prison commander Freddy Ben Shitrit appeared to confirm reports from 2018 that women serving in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) were put at risk of sexual assault in an effort to extract confessions from Palestinian terrorism suspects.
The commander said the prison bosses had “pimped soldiers” and “handed over female soldiers to terrorists for sexual purposes.”
The pimping incident was a massive incident,” he added.
The alleged ‘pimping’ of female soldiers for the purpose of obtaining information from prisoners happened before Ben Shitrit served as warden in the prison. The commander was speaking to a government committee on the failures that led to a jailbreak by six Palestinian prisoners from Gilboa prison earlier this year.
Channel 20 brought the allegations to light in 2018. At least three women soldiers were allegedly subjected to the abuses.