A bill that would allow the army to expel family members of a terrorist from their home, by removing them from their town or city, or demarcating an area in which they are not allowed to enter, passed its preliminary reading in the Knesset.
The legislation, submitted by MK Mordhay Yogev (Habayit Hayehudi) and a group of MKs, would give the GOC Central Command the authority to relocate a terrorist’s family from their home to another area within a week of the attack.
MK Yogev explained the proposal in plenum the earlier this month. “Does anyone in this hall believe Israeli deterrence is in a good state? Can anyone look the bereaved families in the eye and say that over the past year we have done all we can so that they are not joined by more families? Some call such laws populist. Since when are laws that are meant to save lives populist?”
“From my experience, when such measures are carried out in time, and in a comprehensive, speedy and efficient manner, they cause the fathers and mothers of terrorists to turn their children in for fear that their home will be destroyed and that they will be harmed,” said MK Yogev, adding that professional elements have said such tools are “efficient and can help prevent the next murder.”
Addressing claims that the bill is unconstitutional and will be rejected by the High Court of Justice, Minister Levin said “legal chains are repeatedly placed on us, to the point where people who support terrorists and encourage them are sitting in this Knesset and are being funded by the taxpayers’ money. This is our legal system.”
Sixty-nine MKs vote in favor of the bill, while 38 voted against it.