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Salaughterer israel toughens stance against Palestinian stone-throwers

25 September 2015 13:01



The Tel Aviv regime has moved to toughen measures against Palestinian stone-throwers in al-Quds (Jerusalem), broadening the rules that allow Israeli military forces to target Palestinians with live bullets.

“The security cabinet has decided to authorize police to use live ammunition against people throwing stones and Molotov cocktails,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said in a statement on Thursday.

The statement added, “We have decided to penalize more severely adult stone-throwers with a minimum sentence of four years in prison and also to authorize larger fines for minors and their parents.”

The announcement came a week after Israeli Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein approved Netanyahu’s plan to change the rules of engagement and declare “war against stone-throwers and firebomb throwers” in the occupied Palestinian territories.

Israeli forces fire tear gas towards Palestinian protesters during a demonstration against the separation barrier in the occupied West Bank village of Beit Jala, near al-Quds (Jerusalem), on August 23, 2015. ©AP

The top Israeli legal official also approved the arrest of minors and children under the age of 10 who throw stones, in addition to a fine of up to 100,000 Israeli shekels (about US $26,000).

The new Israeli measure against Palestinian stone-throwers come as Israeli forces and Palestinians have clashed at the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the Israeli-occupied Old City of al-Quds over the past several days.

A Palestinian throws back a tear gas canister at Israeli soldiers following a demonstration in solidarity with protesters at the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the Old City of al-Quds (Jerusalem) during clashes in the West Bank town of al-Ram, north of al-Quds, on September 15, 2015. ©AP

Israel has applied sweeping restrictions to entry into the sacred site since August 26.

The al-Aqsa Mosque compound is Islam’s third holiest site after Masjid al-Haram in Mecca and Masjid al-Nabawi in Medina.

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