Bill would prevent enemy state citizens suing Israel

May 1, 2013 15:50

A bill that would would prevent citizens of enemy countries from suing the State of Israel cleared a parliamentary hurdle Wednesday.

The "Dirani Bill," named after Lebanese terrorist Mustafa Dirani, who is suing the state for civil damages, was proposed by MKs Ayelet Shaked (Bayit Yehudi) and David Rotem (Yisrael Beytenu) and passed a preliminary reading with 55 MKs in favor and 23 opposed.The legislation reads: "The intention of the Israeli lawmaker was always for the rule that applies to many countries in the Western world applies to Israel, as well, from the day it was founded and part of the [British] Mandatory legal system."

"Under this accepted principle, an enemy of the state never had the right to stand before Israeli courts," the bill adds.

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