Increased penalty for rock-throwing becomes law

The Knesset passed in a second and third (final) reading a temporary law making three years in prison the minimum penalty for dangerous rock throwing, with 51 voting in favor and 17 opposed on Monday.

The legislation proposed by the Justice Ministry states that the minimum jail sentence cannot be less than one-fifth of the maximum sentence, 15 years, and the court will not be able to sentence a rock-thrower to a suspended sentence, except in special circumstances.

The law also adds rocks to the list of "harmful tools" in the penal code.


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