Israel Heads Toward Instituting Capital Punishment

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Opinion Column by Stephen Lendman
Israel Heads Toward Instituting Capital Punishment

by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)

Throughout its deplorable history, it's always unofficially existed against Palestinians – by naked aggression, targeted assassinations, and soldiers permitted to shoot to kill, taking full advantage ruthlessly.

In a preliminary Wednesday vote, a Knesset majority approved capital punishment, letting military courts sentence any Palestinian Israel calls a "terrorist" to death – the bill applying to Palestinians defending their historic homeland, wanting occupation harshness ended, resisting Israeli tyranny, Jews exempt from the measure.

The law could give military judges broad sentencing latitude. Legislation requires three readings for enactment. Amendments could change the measure's initial draft text.

Israel's Shin Bet security service opposes the bill, fearing it could trigger a wave of kidnappings and other host
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