Israeli PM Considers Okaying Shooting Palestinian Stone-Throwers

Rabat – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu could give the green light to Israeli Police and the IDF to use live fire on young Palestinians who throw stones and Molotov cocktails.A report by Times of Israel said Netanyahu is considering sharper measures against Palestinian protesters throwing stones and firebombs.This includes allowing more use of live ammunition and creating legislation that would impose minimum sentences on youth convicted of such actions. On Wednesday, Netanyahu called emergency security meeting with several Cabinet Ministers and Security Chiefs to discuss the increase of stone-throwing in Jerusalem and on a highway in the occupied West Bank.“We cannot accept a situation in which stones and firebombs are thrown along a main route to – and within – Jerusalem. The policy is zero tolerance for stone-throwing and zero tolerance for terrorism,” Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement released by his office.Netanyahu ordered to raise the number of police along Road 443, connecting the capital city of Tel Aviv with the city of Modi’in, as well as in the cities of Judea and Samaria. He also called to enhance intelligence-gathering methods and observation posts in the area.The Prime Minister also ordered his security officials to consider changing the rules governing the intervention of soldiers to fire at young Palestinian stone-throwers.“Since the legal system is finding it difficult to deal with stone-throwing by minors, changing open-fire orders regarding the throwing of stones and firebombs will be examined, as will be the imposition – by law – of minimum sentences for those who throw stones and firebombs,” the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement.Palestinians have criticized the potential new policy, labeling it a ‘criminal policy’.The Guardian quoted Wasel Abu Youssef, a member of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s Executive Committee saying, “This rightist Israeli fanatic government is pursuing its criminal policy to kill Palestinians. ““The new regulations would mean more escalation, killings and crimes against our people,” he added.The Israeli Human Rights group B’Tselem lists 12 Palestinian minors who were shot and killed by Israeli forces during protests and clashes in the West Bank in 2014.According to B’Tselem, in at least four of those incidents, Israel said the youngsters had been throwing stones or petrol bombs.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission


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