Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Israel Passes Harsh Law to Jail Stone-Throwers; New Law Ends Having to Prove Harmful Intent

Israel's Knesset passed a bill yesterday that would send people who throw stones at civilian vehicles to prison for up to 10 years, without having to prove harmful intent in their actions, the Times of Israel website reports today (July 21, 2015).

The bill allows for a maximum incarceration period of 20 years if it can be proven that the throwers intended to inflict harm.

Also under the new law, obstructing police activity by throwing stones at officers or police vehicles is punishable by up to five years in prison.

The bill amends an existing law that allows stone-throwers to be jailed for 20 years, but only if it can be proven they intended to inflict harm.

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