alcohol teens 311.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
The Knesset on Tuesday approved a law prohibiting the sale of alcohol at stores between the hours of 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. The law was passed unanimously by thirty-eight MKs.
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Restaurants and pubs will not be obliged to abide by the new law, but kiosks, gas station convenience stores, markets and pharmacies will be subject to the prohibition.
Vendors violating the law will face a minimum penalty of NIS 9,000.
The new measure was a combination of bills introduced by the government
led by Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch and private
legislation initiated by Likud MKs Haim Katz and Yariv Levin, Israel
Beiteinu MKs David Rotem and Robert Ilatov, MK Uri Orbach (Habayit
Hayehudi), Avraham Michaeli (Shas) and Muhammad Barakei (Hadash).
The law also allows police to seize alcohol being consumed in public and
pour out the contents of bottles.
When the cabinet voted to send the bill to the Knesset floor in late
2009, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was strongly supportive of the
measure, given rising alcohol consumption among Israeli teens and
Netanyahu said the measure was part of a war on alcoholism stating that,
"according to the World Health Organization, Israel is second in the
world in consumption of alcohol by 11 year-olds, and the rate of
consumption among 15-to-17-year-olds is over 50%. We are at the onset of
an epidemic. We are in need of this legislation promptly. Israel awaits