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Netanyahu’s “anti-terrorism bill” a dangerous proposal

November 29, 2014
Section: [Main News] [Opinion]
Tags: [Palestinian citizens of Israel] [Jerusalem] [Racism]

Palestinian citizens of Israel are to be stripped of their citizenship and deported if found guilty of committing or aiding “terrorism” via a tough new eight-point plan drawn up by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government.

The bill—tabled by Yariv Levin, an MP in Netanyahu’s Likud party—follows a spate of attacks over the last five weeks that have left 11 Israelis dead. It’s provisions include a number of draconian measures aimed to “enable bloodthirsty politicians to satisfy their voters’ will at the expense of basic human rights,” according to an editorial article published on Thursday by the leading Israeli English-language daily Haaretz

Not only would the new bill allow for collective punishment of any attackers entire family, it arguably distorts the criminal law procedure. Levin, the bill’s author, deems it acceptable, even compulsory, to arrest and detain until the end of the legal process anyone charged with offenses such as waving a Palestinian flag during a demonstration. 

Regardless of the fact that waving a Palestinian flag should not be labeled an offense, detaining individuals for the entirety of the legal process completely does away with the concept that one is innocent until proven guilty. 

The eight-point plan includes the following:

  • Automatic loss of citizenship for Israeli-Arabs found guiidly of committing or cooperating in militant attacks. Those living in areas administered by the Palestinian Authority would lose residency rights. 
  • Deportation from Israel after serving prison sentences. 
  • Those killed while carrying out attacks will not receive a funeral but will instead be buried in secret locations which relatives will not be permitted to visit. 
  • The bodies of attackers will not be returned to their families.
  • Homes of militants will be demolished within 24-hours of an attack, a measure that human rights watchdogs have denounced as “collective punishment.”
  • Masked stone-throwers and those taking part in illegal gatherings in which Molotov cocktails and firecrackers are thrown will be arrested and held in custody until the completion of legal proceedings. The same will apply to those waving “enemy flags” – including the Palestinian flag – at demonstrations. Those convicted will lose social welfare benefits and drivers’ licenses for 10 years. 
  • Relatives who publicly voice support—including through social media—for attackers’ deeds will lose their citizenship and be deported to Gaza. 
  • Businesses that publish material or print posters supporting attacks to be closed. Employers will also have the right to ask the police about the security records of employees and be entitled to fire without severance pay anyone found to have committed previous offences. 


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