The Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee authorized on Tuesday a bill to increase penalties for rock-throwing for its third and final Knesset vote, which will likely take place on Monday.
The bill states throwing a rock at a person will be considered aggravated assault, which carries a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, and the minimum sentence will be four years.
In addition, the legislation allows the court to revoke National Insurance benefits to the parents of a minor while that minor is in prison for security crimes or rock-throwing, and the parents can be required to pay a fine of up to NIS 10,000.
“It’s clear that rocks kill and the phenomenon is plaguing the country,” Constitution, Law and Justice Committee chairman Nissan Slomiansky (Bayit Yehudi) said. “This law is appropriate and necessary.”
However, MK Osama Saadi (Joint List) said that “Israeli democracy is sinking” and the bill will not bring solutions.