Knesset Approves 3-year Minimum Jail Sentence for Throwing Stones

November 3, 2015 11:25 PM IMEMC & Agencies Israel, Israeli Politics, News Report 0
03 Nov
11:25 PM

The Israeli Knesset approved, by second and third reading, minimum prison terms for stone-throwing attacks against vehicles or pedestrians.In a vote of 51 to 17, lawmakers approved a series of amendments to Israel’s Criminal Law, raising the minimum prison sentence for stone-throwing to three years.

The law also strips parents of a minor imprisoned for stone throwing of welfare grants and other benefits linked to the minor for the duration of the incarceration.

The law was passed as a “temporary provision” that must be renewed by the Knesset in three years’ time, according to Al Ray.

In July, the Knesset passed a law allowing for prison sentences of up to 10 years for anyone convicted of throwing rocks at a vehicle, without the need to prove intent to damage the vehicle or hurt its occupants.

The minimum sentences are meant “to create deterrence,” said Jewish Home MK Nissan Slomiansky, chair of the Knesset’s Constitution Law and Justice Committee.

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