New Phase in War against Rock-Throwers
Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked (Jewish Home) and Social Affairs Minister Chaim Katz (Likud) will on Thursday outline a new bill penalizing parents of minors who engage in violence such as rock-throwing and firebombings.
The penalties will apply to parents of minors convicted and handed prison sentences for their role in violent attacks.
Among them will be cuts to child allowances and other government benefits to parents whose children have been convicted of rock-throwing.
Additionally, Justice Minister Shaked is expected to enact a temporary order mandating a tougher minimum sentence for rock-throwers. The new minimum sentence will be one-fifth of the maximum sentence, and would constitute a significant step in the right direction for legislators urging lengthier prison sentences for rioters.
For example, rock-throwers convicted of intent to cause bodily harm – a crime which can warrant a maximum sentence of 20 years – will automatically be jailed for a minimum of four years.
In a statement following the end of Yom Kippur Wednesday night, Shaked announced that the bill would hit parents whose children engage in violence “in the most important place – their pocket.”
Shaked noted that around 50% of indictments submitted by prosecutors in Jerusalem over rock-throwing attacks are youths and children still under the guardianship of their parents.
“This is a widespread and very sensitive phenomenon, and those who must take responsibility are, without a doubt, the parents,” she stated.
Shaked added that the measures would also prevent children “caught up in a false, inciting ideology, from descending into the cycle of crime.”
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