By Micah Halpern
I've Been Thinking:
A proposal for a bill to fight terror is in the works in Israel. The bill was developed by Likud member Yair Levin at the request of the Prime Minister.
The bill contains eight significant points. Some of those points will almost certainly be struck down by the Supreme Court for violating the "basic law." There will be some conditions within the bill that apply only to those in the West Banks - that comes under
the Army Code of Law and is determined using military and security guidelines.
It is not yet a perfect bill, but it is certainly a very good start.
Here are the highlights of the plan:
Anyone caught involved in acts of terror or in supporting terror will lose their Israeli citizenship or Palestinian Authority residency.
After completing a prison term, those people will be deported.
Terrorists will not receive a funeral.
There will be no transfer of the body of a terrorist and the body will be buried in an unknown location.
Houses of terrorists will be destroyed within 24 hours.
Anyone caught throwing stones or firebombs, etc. will remain remanded until trial. Illegal protests include the waving of enemy flags. Anyone waving the Palestinian flag will be arrested. Anyone participating in illegal protests will lose their social benefits and driverâ€™s license for 10 years.
Family members of terrorists who supported the acts of terror will lose their citizenship and will be deported to Gaza. That support includes social media and internet.
Businesses that print posters and materials that support terror will be closed.
Some of these items are anti-democratic in nature and will never pass the Knesset. But others will.
The Supreme Court of Israel will certainly weigh in heavily on the material contained in this bill.
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