Israel Seeks to Strip Convicted Terrorists' Families of State Allowances

Bill part of the 'citizenship and loyalty' initiative by Yisrael Beiteinu party; proposed law aims to revoke pension, welfare of families of Israeli citizens convicted of terror against the State of Israel.

The Ministerial Committee for Legislation on Sunday approved a bill proposed by the Yisrael Beiteinu party calling to strip convicted terrorists and their families of allowances paid by the state, such as pension and welfare.

The bill is part of the "citizenship and loyalty" initiative by Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman's Yisrael Beiteinu party. Under the proposed law, the government will revoke the allowances of those who had been convicted of terror acts against the State of Israel. The allowances include state benefits such as pension and welfare, but do not include any state benefits that could harm children or minors.

The Yisrael Beiteinu party.Emil Salman

According to the proposal, the interior minister will have the authority to deny state allowances to convicted terrorists and their families - who will have the right to a hearing in which they could prove that they were not involved in terror operations.

Yisrael Beiteinu MKs that proposed the bill explained that there are many cases in which Israeli citizens were involved in terror operations against the State of Israel, and afterward their families continued to receive financial allowances from the state.