Dec 18 2017
Israeli occupation government is to back new legislation that would allow military courts to sentence Palestinians to death “even if the decision is not unanimous,” Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported on Monday.
The bill, sponsored by the Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s party Yisrael Beiteinu, received the support of the heads of the coalition parties on Sunday.
According to Haaretz, “military law already allows the death penalty for someone convicted of a terrorist murder if the decision by the judges is unanimous.”
“This bill would allow the death sentence to be imposed by a majority of the judges” and “would also prohibit the commutation of a death sentence.”
Israeli military courts have a documented conviction rate of 99.74 per cent.
In addition, “the bill includes an article that was not in the coalition agreement, allowing regular Israeli criminal courts, and not only military courts, to sentence convicted terrorists to death.”
Haaretz reports that “the bill is expected to be brought for approval to the Ministerial Committee for Legislation and then to the Knesset within a week or two.”
The bill includes an article that was not in the coalition agreement, allowing regular Israeli criminal courts, and not only military courts, to sentence convicted Palestinians to death.
In November, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed support for the death penalty for the Palestinians.
Previously, Lieberman called for slaughtering Palestinian prisoners with an axe.
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