Israel sets three-year minimum jail sentence for stone throwers

Peace and Freedom

AFP

Palestinian demonstrators hurls rocks towards Israeli borderguards next to the controvertial wall separating the West Bank city of Abu Dis from east Jerusalem on November 2, 2015

JERUSALEM (AFP) – Israel’s lawmakers have voted to impose a minimum three-year jail sentence on stone throwers, the Knesset website said, weeks after the premier vowed “war” on those who pelt security forces with rocks.The law was approved late Monday by 57 votes against 17 and comes as a surge of unrest in Israel and the occupied West Bank has entered its second month.

The new legislation was backed by the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who declared “war” in September on stone throwers.

Netanyahu pledged tougher penalties after a 65-year-old Israeli died when he lost control of his car, with police saying the accident in east Jerusalem was caused by Palestinian strone throwing.

Since then Palestinian protesters have stepped up attacks…

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