dimanche 23 avril 2017

Israeli minister calls for “death penalty” against Palestinian detainees

Un ministre sioniste appelle à la « peine de mort » contre les détenus palestiniens

Israeli minister of intelligence and transportation Yisrael Katz

Jerusalem, ALRAY - Israeli minister of intelligence and transportation Yisrael Katz called for implementing death penalty against Palestinian detainees.

Katz tweeted on his account with these statements commenting on the open-ended hunger strike lead by Marwan Barghouthi with the participation of around 1200 Palestinian detainees.

“When a despicable murderer like Barghouthi protests in prison for improved conditions, while the relatives of those who murdered are still in pain, there is only one solution – death penalty for terrorists,” Katz wrote.

On Monday, some 1,200 detainees began a mass hunger strike called by Barghouti. The strike was scheduled to coincide with Palestinian “Prisoners Day,” an annual event held in solidarity with the more than 6,000 Palestinian detainees incarcerated in Israeli jails.

Katz said in a local Israeli radio that the current Israeli laws allowed implementing death penalty on “terrorist convictions” but Israeli prosecutors refrained from seeking punishment.

In 2015, the Knesset voted down the bill proposed by Yisrael Beytenu that would have enabled judges to sentence a terrorist to death, with Netanyahu ordering lawmakers from his Likud party to oppose the bill, saying it needed further examination from a legal perspective.

The bill had the support of a number of Likud lawmakers. At the time, however, then-attorney general Yehuda Weinstein indicated he would block the legislation.

The death penalty bill was a key election promise from now-Defense Minsiter Avigdor Liberman ahead of the 2015 national elections, but he dropped a demand to renew the failed legislative effort during negotiations that lead his Yisreal Beytenu into the coalition in May 2016.

A spokesperson for Katz declined to say whether the minister would seek to renew the shelved legislation.

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