FADC passes Land Mine bill for first reading

February 1, 2011 19:30

Only one year after 11-year-old Daniel Yuval lost his leg to a land mine in the Golan Heights, the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee voted Tuesday in favor of creating a national authority charged with clearing Israel’s non-operationally necessary land mines. The bill, which has the overwhelming support of 73 MKs, is expected to pass its first reading on the Knesset floor as early as next week.

Yuval, who has taken an active role in lobbying for the legislation that will pave the way to clear hundreds of thousands of mines and unexploded ordinance, actively participated in the committee hearing. “It is important that people do not continue to be hurt by mines, as happened to me, and that we will be able to hike through all of the places that are mined today,” Yuval told legislators. “I hope that this law will pass.”

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