Supreme Court reduces sentences of Palestinian youths convicted of stone-throwing

The Israeli Supreme Court decided to reduce the sentences of 7 Palestinian youths who were convicted of hurling stones at Israeli vehicles. However, the judges ruled to increase the fines that were imposed on them.
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Despite the law that passed a year ago and aimed to increase the punishment for stone-throwing, the Israeli Supreme Court decided today (Monday) to ease the punishment of 7 Palestinian youths who were convicted of throwing stones at Israeli vehicles.

The Jerusalem District Court initially sentenced the Palestinians to 1 to 3 years in prison. However, the Supreme Court judges ruled today to reduce the punishments to up to 9 months in jail. Nevertheless, the judges ruled to increase the fines that were imposed on the Palestinian youths. A Justice Ministry official said in response that despite the Supreme Court’s decision, punishments for stone-throwing have been intensifying lately.

About a year ago, a law seeking to increase the punishment for stone-throwing was passed under Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked. Sources close to Shaked said today that the Jerusalem District Court most definitely increased the punishments more than the minimum punishments set by the law. In addition, they stressed that while the law does not apply to minors, they welcome the trend of increased punishments for stone-throwers.

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