Newspaper Review: Knesset Passes Bill Sentencing Palestinian Stone-throwers Up to 20 Years in Jail

RAMALLAH, July 22, 2015 (WAFA) – Approval of a controversial law by the Israeli parliament, Knesset, to impose up to 20 years imprisonment sentence against Palestinians convicted of stone-throwing made headlines of the three Palestinian Arabic dailies in their Wednesday issue.

They said the Knesset on Tuesday evening passed in the second and third reading a bill sentencing Palestinians convicted of throwing stones at Israeli forces to serve a jail sentence of a up to 20 years it is determined that they intended to cause harm.

The bill also stipulates that Palestinians who throw stones at Israeli vehicles can stay in prison for up to 10 years if prosecutors are unable to prove harmful intent from the stone thrower.

In a different subject, the dailies said a UN Security Council meeting on Tuesday said the situation in Gaza was no longer sustainable, and called for ending Israel’s blockade on Gaza.

Al-Ayyam said Salafi groups in Gaza threatened to launch rocket attacks on Israel in case Hamas, the de facto authority in Gaza, continues to detain a number of Salafi members.

Al-Quds said the Israeli army demolished commercial structures in the town of Idhna, west of Hebron, and razed a  road used for agricultural purposes in the town of Salfit on Tuesday.

Al-Ayyam said Jewish organizations called upon their followers to organize provocative visits to Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa Mosque on Wednesday.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida and al-Ayyam reported on Gaza’s electricity crisis, saying lack of funds needed for purchasing fuel to generate power has recently caused sporadic shutdowns in power supply in the Strip; up to 20 hours without electricity.

Al-Quds said France’s public prosecutor closed investigations into the death of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

It said the European Union foreign ministers meeting in Brussels on Monday condemned Israel’s continued settlement expansion and the Israeli restrictions on Palestinian movement.

At the Arab world level, al-Ayyam said 19 Iraqis were killed, and 43 others were wounded in two car bombing incidents in Baghdad.