Rock-throwers in Jerusalem could face up to 20 years in prison

A Palestinian boy throws a stone at Israel's security fence. Credit: Justin McIntosh via Wikimedia Commons.

( Against the backdrop of growing violence in Jerusalem in recent weeks, the Cabinet of Israel approved an amendment on Sunday that authorizes courts to sentence rock-throwers to up to 20 years in prison.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has held a number of emergency meetings on the escalation in violence in the capital, has instructed ministers to push legislation against rock-throwers.

“Israel is taking aggressive action against terrorists, against rock throwing, against firebombs, and against fireworks. … We will legislate even more aggressive laws on this issue in order to restore calm and security to all parts of Jerusalem,” Netanyahu said at his weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday, according to Israel Hayom.

Posted on November 2, 2014 .