In further Move to Far Right, Israel passes Draconian Terrorism Law

Ma’an News Agency | – –

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A controversial new anti-terrorism law passed the Israeli Knesset on Wednesday, according to Israeli newspaper Haaretz, which will grant the Israeli state far-reaching powers in cases of suspected “terrorism,” in a move a member of the Joint List called “draconian and unacceptable.”

According to Haaretz, the new Israeli law would apply only within Israel and includes a provision expanding the definition of terrorist organization membership to include “passive members” who are not actively involved in any group, but can now be indicted by Israeli authorities.


The law also includes a provision that gives the defense minister — currently ultraright Avigdor Lieberman — the power to confiscate property of alleged members of terrorist organizations without getting approval by Israeli courts, Haaretz reported.

All of the Knesset parties voted in favor of the law, with the exception of the left-wing Meretz party and the Joint List.

Haaretz quoted Knesset and Joint List member Ahmad Tibi as saying that the bill was “draconian and unacceptable,” adding: “You can demolish houses, arrest people, deport people, kill them and shoot them when they’re on the ground bleeding… But you can’t suppress a nation’s desire to liberate itself from the occupation.”

The law’s passage comes just two days after the Knesset voted to renew an emergency provision to Israel’s Family Reunification Law, which prohibits Palestinians from the occupied West Bank and the besieged Gaza Strip from automatically obtaining legal status in Israel or East Jerusalem through family unions.

The Knesset cited fears of “terrorists” entering Israeli society from the occupied Palestinian territory through the law as reason for its extension for the 13th year.

Rights groups have often conflated Israel’s anti-terrorism legislation with discriminatory policies enacted toward Palestinians that attempt to disrupt Palestinian political processes and create social and political divides among Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, East Jerusalem, the Gaza Strip, and those residing in Israel.

Nearly all Palestinian political movements are considered “terrorist” organizations by the Israeli government.

Via Ma’an News Agency

5 Responses

    • As opposed to Trump’s implied solution of ethnic cleansing? That’s the Final Solution that the Zionists are really angling towards.

    • …and who’s land will “Shillary” be stealing bit by bit and building settlements on, while claiming god has given it to her “people”? I think we already took care of that.

    • Bad news. This is one case where the US is ahead of Israel. Usually, we copy their bad anti-terrorism laws that yield more terrorism. Civil Forfeiture is that controversial program still in place and bonus – you dont have to be a terrorist. Just be born suspicious-looking in a way entirely subjective way.

      But have to agree, and Im a Sanders person, you know Clinton is going to go hawk in order to curry favour with the neo-cons and prove how ‘tough’ she is on security matters and will find away to support more restrictions

      Super – no one supports ethnic cleansing except morons and ironically, the Clinton administration was FAMOUS for inacting on the Rwandan and Yugoslavian massacres, waiting until people were murdered before convening conferences and acting like they did something useful. People were dead by then

  1. Jewish MK Zehava Gal-on, formerly of the Soviet Union, spoke out in opposition to this “anti-terror” legislation:

    “It is delusional to think that we can continue to rule over another nation after so many years and everything will continue to be calm.”

    An Arab MK speaking on the Knesset floor compared the legislation to the panic of the French in Algeria or U.S. in Vietnam.

    Here’s the link:

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