Israel approves bill to increase punishment for throwing stones
Palestinians throw stones towards Israeli forces during clashes in the West Bank town of Hebron. (AFP/File)
A new bill which aims to increase the prison sentence for stone throwing has advanced in the Israeli legal system, reports AFP.
According to AFP, an Israeli ministerial legal committee approved the bill on Sunday. The bill will now go through a series of parliament readings before being finalized.
The bill would make "throwing stones or other objects at travelling vehicles in a manner that could endanger the passenger's safety" or harm the vehicle punishable to ten years imprisonment, according to the legal document.
It would however replace the already existing law which sentences stone-throwers to 20 years in prison if it can be proven they intended to inflict harm.
However, intent to inflict harm is difficult to prove.
"The amendment to the law effectively places the responsibility on the stone-thrower and not the prosecutor," Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked of the far-right Jewish Home party wrote on her Facebook page. "Anyone who throws stones at cars or people has to assume someone will get hurt."
Palestinians regularly throw stones at settlers' cars in the West Bank as a means of protest against Israel's illegal occupation of Palestine.
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