Knesset Panel to Advance Bill Against Stone Throwing

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An archive photo of Palestinians throwing stones during clashes with Israeli forces near the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Wadi al-Joz, March 16, 2010. Credit: Reuters
Jonathan Lis
Jonathan Lis

The new Ministerial Committee for Legislation will be asked on Sunday to vote on six bills that have already been endorsed and submitted to the previous Knesset for first reading.

The voting will enable the committee to advance legislation that was already in progress in the previous Knesset from the point it was halted by the elections, without having to start the procedure again from scratch.

The bills are expected to be ratified by the current committee, headed by Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked (Habayit Hayehudi). Additional bills that were delayed by the election will be submitted to subsequent committee sessions.

Among the proposals to be discussed on Sunday is one calling for harsher penalties for people who throw stones at policemen. The bill, submitted by the Justice Ministry, was brought to the Knesset vote last November.

According to the bill, someone who throws a stone or another object at a moving vehicle in a way that can endanger the driver or passenger’s safety will be liable to 10 years in prison. A person who throws a stone or another object at a moving vehicle with intent to cause grievous injury will be liable to 20 years in prison.

The proposal also says that throwing a stone or another object at a police car, with intent to interfere with the police officer’s carrying out his duty or impeding him from doing so will be liable to five years in prison.

The current law already has a 20-year sentence for throwing stones with intent to harm, but is mostly not applied due to the difficulty of establishing the intent to cause harm to police officers.

The Defense Ministry intends to resubmit a proposal dealing with the imprisonment of “illegal combatants.” This refers to prisoners whom the international law does not define as prisoners of war. The proposal establishes the state’s authority to imprison a person who took part in hostile acts against Israel, regulate judicial supervision and ensure the prisoner receives adequate conditions and that his health and dignity are not infringed on.

The Defense Ministry has also submitted an amendment to the National Parks Law, which enables corporations to maintain state commemoration sites.

A proposal sponsored by the Environment Ministry was prompted by the death of two sisters in Jerusalem about a year ago after being exposed to a pesticide when their home was fumigated. The bill deals with regulating pest control and supervising fumigators. Another proposal enables the Bailiff’s Office to hold video-conferences with debtors who haven’t paid alimony without requiring them to report to the office in person.

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