Ministers vote to stiffen penalties for rock throwing

Increased penalties for adult and minor rock-throwers will go to a first reading in the Knesset Monday, a day after the Ministerial Committee for Legislation approved the measure, as part of the government’s response to the recent wave of Arab violence.
The proposals by Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, enthusiastically backed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, include a minimum four-year prison sentence for adults involved in especially dangerous rock throwing, such as at a moving vehicle.
If a minor is caught throwing rocks, a judge may decide to freeze his or her parents’ National Insurance Institute and other benefits for the period during which the minor is in prison, and the parents could be fined for an amount higher than the frozen benefits.
Previously, a minor could be sent to jail or the parents could be fined, but the new legislation would allow both penalties simultaneously.