Israeli Cabinet Approves Bill to Put Palestinian Stone-Throwers in Jail for 20 Years

JERUSALEM, November 2, 2014 (WAFA) – The Israeli cabinet on Sunday approved a bill stipulating a harsher sentence against Palestinians convicted of attacking Israeli targets with stones or other objects of up to 10 years in prison, and up to 20 years in case of targeting vehicles for the purpose of endangering passengers.

During the weekly cabinet session, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged to adopt harsher policies against Palestinians throwing stones, firecrackers, and Molotov cocktails against Israeli targets, reported media sources.

The new legislation comes at a time of increasing tension in occupied East Jerusalem, which has spurred significantly since last July, when Jewish fanatics abducted teenager Mohammad Abu Khdeir, 17, from his Jerusalem Arab neighborhood of Shuafat and burnt him to death.

Almost hundreds of Palestinians, most teenagers, have been taken captive by Israeli police since last July. Most of these inmates have undergone charges of stone and Molotov cocktail throwing at Israeli targets.

Abu Khdeir’s cold-blooded murder was the first of a sequence of events that either coincided with or followed the barbaric Israeli aggression on Gaza, the last of which was last Thursday when Israeli police closed Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

Prior to the closure, which lasted for 24 hours, Israeli police launched an offensive on al-Thuri neighborhood and shot Mu’taz Hijazi, 32, in the back and left him to bleed to death on the rooftop of his house. Police claimed the latter was behind the attempted murder of far-right extremist Rabbi Yehuda Glick, who had concluded many provocative visits to al-Aqsa Mosque in defiance of the Muslim people.