Levin Proposes 8-Step Plan to Prevent Terrorism

Temporary legislation formulated by MK Yariv Levin calls for harsh punitive measures against terrorists, their families and supporters.

Cynthia Blank ,

terrorists (illustrative)
terrorists (illustrative)

Chairman of the House Parliamentary Committee, MK Yariv Levin (Likud) has spearheaded a multi-step program to respond to the wave of terrorism in Israel in recent weeks, Yedioth Aharanoth has reported.  

The proposal, presented Wednesday in the form of temporary legislation, will include 8 measures to deal directly with terrorists, their families, collaborators, and agitators.  

The measures include automatically revoking the citizenship or permanent residency of anyone convicted of engaging in terrorist activities. Additionally, immediately after serving his/her sentence, the terrorist will be deported from the sovereign territory of Israel. 

Family members who support the terrorist and his/her actions will also lose citizenship or residency, and be expelled to Gaza. 

Terrorists killed during their attacks will not be allowed to have funerals. Their bodies will not be returned to their families; they will be buried without ceremony in unknown graves that family will not be allowed to access. 

The proposal also states that the homes of terrorists will be demolished within 24 hours of the execution of an act of terror. 

Agitators, including those who throw stones, or masked men who participate in unlawful assemblies where fireworks or firebombs are shot, will be arrested immediately. They will be held in custody until the conclusion of legal proceedings against them. 

Raising an enemy flag, including the Palestinian flag, will incur the same punishment. 

Anyone convicted of one of these offenses will automatically lose the right to receive Bituach Leumi (Social Security) funds and services. Their driver's license will be revoked for ten years from the date of the crime. 

Businesses that print advertising supporting terrorism will also be punished with full closure. 

The bill further stipulates that business can now request information on whether any of their employees has been held in relation to a security-related offense. If so, they will be given the right to fire such an employee. 

The proposal was formulated at the request of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. Its goal is to provide the security establishment with more efficient tools to deter terrorism.