Bill Denying Disability Payments to Terrorists Passes First Reading

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MK Jacob Perry sponsored the bill that will deny terrorists' children social benefits.Credit: Tomer Appelbaum

The Knesset on Monday passed on first reading a bill that would deny terrorists disability payments from a provident fund if the disability was caused by terror activity. The bill would also forbid the payment of survivors’ benefits from a pension fund to a terrorists’ family should he die while committing a terror attack. The vote was 37-12.

The bill was sponsored by MK Jacob Perry (Yesh Atid), who said, “Many people don’t know this, but if a terrorist is wounded and he has a pension fund, the ones who pay the disability pension because naturally he’s lost the ability to work are the members of the pension fund. That’s an absurdity that has to stop, the sooner the better.”

He added, “It’s inconceivable that the citizens of the State of Israel will pay from their own money to fund a terrorist who came to murder them and their families. It’s inconceivable that a terrorist should enjoy the social benefits that the State of Israel provides to those who take part in the social fabric of the State of Israel Israeli citizens don’t have to contribute to the welfare of a terrorist or his survivors when that terrorist seeks to take life and spread destruction, fear and terror.”

MK Esawi Freige of Meretz was critical of the bill. “You in Yesh Atid feel like you must show that you’re an alternative to the prime minister which is why you’re moving rightward, but this time you’ve gone a few steps too far,” he said. “Why stop here? Shouldn’t a rapist be denied allowances? What about a pedophile? Why respond to a mistake with another mistake?”

MK Abd al-Hakim Hajj Yahya (Joint List) also slammed the bill. “I didn’t hear you say the same things about Baruch Goldstein and those who burned the members of the Dawabsheh family. Whoever committed the act is either dead or behind bars. Who are you hurting here? His children. If the intent is to deter, then it won’t work. If the intent is revenge, then just say so without prettifying it.”

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