Self-defense Bill for Homeowners Passes Two Readings in Knesset

'Shai Dromi Law' would exempt homeowners from prosecution for using deadly force in the face of burglary, trespass.

The Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee on Wednesday passed in its second and third readings a bill that would allow property owners to use deadly force against assailants who break into their homes, businesses or agricultural areas.

The law, called the "Shai Dromi law" is named after Negev sheep farmer Shai Dromi, who in January 2007 shot two trespassing Bedouin sheep thieves, killing one and wounding the other.

Dromi had reportedly suffered a series of burglaries before that night, and thieves had stolen a large deal of his farm equipment and reportedly poisoned a guard dog.

Under the extended version of the law, a person will not face criminal charges if he or she felt the use of deadly force was necessary to prevent a break in or in order to cause a burglar to leave the property.

The law will not be applied to circumstances in which the use of force was excessive or where the property owner provoked the trespass.

The bill was initiated by several MKs, including Yisrael Katz (Likud) and David Rotem and Yitzhak Ahranovitch of Yisrael Beitenu. It has also received wide-spread support from right-wing activists.

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