Israelis Credit TV for Pacifying Prisoners

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  1. Ricter

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    By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    Published: February 11, 2006

    Filed at 9:23 p.m. ET

    JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli army jailers at a tough facility for Palestinian security prisoners in the Negev desert have discovered a unique deterrent against disturbances: television.

    In the year since the first TV set was installed in the Ketziot prison, there have been no serious disturbances that required tear gas for dispersal -- up to then a common occurrence, said the soldiers' weekly ''Bamahane'' in its current issue.

    The prison commander, identified only as Lt. Col. Avi by the magazine, said the security prisoners spend their time watching television instead of planning disturbances. ''The culture of planning hostile activity here is withering away,'' he told the weekly.

    Jailers control the channel selection, the magazine said, limiting viewing to the three main Israeli channels, CNN and a Jordanian TV station.

    Further ''distractions'' are planned, the weekly reported -- backgammon games, basketball and volleyball.

    The commanding officer made it clear that this is not a matter of improving the conditions for the Palestinian prisoners. He said the goal is to keep prisoners from ''causing trouble and organizing terror attacks from inside the prison.''

    The desert prison is made up of rows of tents, and Palestinian prisoners often organize themselves into cells that parallel militant groups outside. The inmates at the prison are serving sentences after being convicted in military courts on security offenses.

    Israel is holding about 8,000 Palestinian prisoners.

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    Interesting. So, is it only prisoners that TV pacifies?
     
  2. I happen to know a thing or two about Ketziot prison.

    http://www.elitetrader.com/vb/searc...=1074359&sortby=lastpost&sortorder=descending

    Yet again, the media has made a blatant error: "In the year since the first TV set was installed in the Ketziot prison, there have been no serious disturbances that required tear gas for dispersal ."

    Back in 1992, I personally and repeatedly wheeled a tv set into all four of the administrative detainee housing sections.