Israel’s security cabinet clamps down on stone-throwers

September 26, 2015 7:32 am

Cabinet authorises police to use live ammunition and approves stiffer jail terms for demonstrators

  Palestinian demonstrators hurl stones at Israeli troops in East Jerusalem. Photo / AP

Israel’s security cabinet yesterday broadened the rules under which
stone-throwers can be targeted by live fire, Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu’s office said.
“The security cabinet has decided to
authorise police to use live ammunition against people throwing stones
and Molotov cocktails when the life of a third person is threatened and
no longer only when the police officer is threatened,” it said.
Netanyahu
has publicly declared war on those who throw rocks and petrol bombs,
especially after an Israeli motorist died this month, apparently as a
result of Palestinian stone-throwing.
The security cabinet met to
decide on measures to strengthen enforcement against demonstrators
throwing stones and incendiary devices after police said 13
Palestinians, including nine children, were arrested overnight.
“We
have decided to penalise more severely adult stone-throwers with a
minimum sentence of four years in prison and also to authorise larger
fines for minors and their parents,” it said.

“These sanctions apply to all Israeli citizens and residents
of Israel,” referring to Palestinian residents of east Jerusalem who do
not have Israeli citizenship.
On September 16, Netanyahu vowed
war on stone-throwers with tougher penalties and new rules for security
forces on when to open fire, following riots at a Jerusalem flashpoint.
He
revealed the plan as he visited the site of a car accident that killed
64-year-old Alexander Levlovich, who died in what Israeli officials
labelled a nationalistic stoning attack.
“We are declaring war on those who throw stones and bottles, and rioters,” the premier’s office quoted him as saying.
Netanyahu’s
statements, while mainly referring to street protests and rioting,
followed three days of clashes between Palestinians and Israeli police
at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque compound over the Jewish new year.
Jerusalem,
whose eastern and Palestinian side is occupied and annexed by Israel,
has seen months of violence between Israelis and Palestinians.
Under
unwritten rules that govern the Al-Aqsa compound since 1967, Muslims
can go to the site when they want, and Jews only for a few hours but not
to pray.
Jews refer to the site as the Temple Mount.
“We
are maintaining the status quo on the Temple Mount: it is those who
bring explosives into mosques who are trying to change this status quo,”
the premier’s office said.
“We will maintain law and order and call on the Palestinian Authority to cease incitement to violence.”
Also
on Thursday, a Palestinian shot and wounded by Israeli troops last week
died of his wounds in hospital in the West Bank city of Nablus.
Ahmed Khatabteh, 25, was wounded in Beit Furik, east of Nablus, in clashes in which a further 51 Palestinians were wounded.
– AFP

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