Livni bill could give Israeli Islamic State members five years in prison

By
October 26, 2014 05:22

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

Joining a foreign terrorist organization would be a felony that could carry a five-year prison sentence if a Justice Ministry proposal becomes law.

Justice Minister Tzipi Livni will bring the initiative to a vote in the Ministerial Committee for Legislation, which she heads, on Sunday.

Foreign and defense ministers would decide which organizations fall under the bill’s jurisdiction, with approval from the Knesset Law, Constitution and Justice Committee.

The bill comes after dozens of Israelis joined rebel forces in Syria and the Islamic State, which Livni said could lead to terrorist activity in Israel.

“Every country has the right to defend itself and Israel is not an exception,” she said. “Every Israeli citizens who joins a terrorist organization motivated by extremist Muslim ideology will be put on trial.”

Livni said the bill is internal, but that external processes must take place, such as the creation of “a joint axis with Western and Arab countries against fundamentalist Islamic terrorism.”

Related Content

Breaking news
August 20, 2018
King of Morocco appoints new minister for economy and finance

By REUTERS