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Debate: Will Collective Punishment Stop Terror? (Israel)
THE RUNDOWN | Critics are condemning such measures as `collective punishment' and beyond for Palestinians who carry out attacks against Israelis, and their families. Just how effective is it as a strategy to prevent future attacks? Member of the Palestinian Fatah Revolutionary Council Dimitri Diliani and Anglo Forum Chairman of the Jewish Home party Jeremy Salton debate.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday expressed his support for a controversial bill that would allow Israel to expel the families of Palestinian terrorists from their homes and forcibly relocate them to other areas of the West Bank as a method of deterrence.
'Expulsion of terrorists is an effective tool. To me the benefit exceeds the damage. Jurists say it’s against the law given how it’s defined, and it will surely be a legal challenge, but I have no doubt of its effectiveness,' Netanyahu said.
Israeli ministers voted late Sunday night to advance the bill put forth by the religious nationalist Jewish Home party. It received ministerial backing following a 'lengthy and complicated' debate over the bill by the political security cabinet and 'despite the opposition of the judicial authorities,' the faction said in a statement.
The proposed legislation would empower the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) central command to expel the relatives of Palestinian assailants from their hometowns to other parts of the West Bank within a week of an attack or attempted attack.
Explanatory text accompanying the bill promotes the measure as a method of deterrence which it says is 'the cornerstone of Israeli security and a way to save lives and uphold law and order.'
Coalition sources told The Times of Israel that the Sunday night vote by the Ministerial Committee for Legislation came in spite of a warning by Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit that the proposed law was 'unconstitutional' and an assessment by Shin Bet chief Nadav Argamon that the measure would do little to boost Israel’s deterrence.
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