2016-06-22 / Mideast

Terror law passes Knesset after attack

After Palestinian terrorists killed four Israelis in an upscale Tel Aviv food court, the Knesset passed wide-ranging new anti-terrorism legislation to replace all previous anti-terror laws and regulations.

The bill, which Haaretz said was supported by all the major parties in the Knesset except Meretz and the Joint Arab List, passed by a vote of 57-16, according to The Times of Israel. It was not clear from the media coverage why only 73 of the Knesset’s 120 members voted.

The legislation, which according to Haaretz applies only to activities inside Israel’s pre-1967 borders, combines several bills and supersedes laws that go back to the pre-state British Mandate era.

Defining terrorism as a harmful activity or threat committed out of a “political, religious, nationalistic or ideological” motive and designed to sow fear or apply pressure on the government or international organizations, the law does not distinguish between Jews and Palestinians or soldiers and civilians. It also specifies procedures for defining terror groups and seizing their assets, as well as how to deal with terror suspects. (JTA)

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