JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli parliament has approved a law that imposes stiff penalties on people convicted of throwing rocks at moving vehicles.
The law, passed late Monday night, is aimed at cracking down on Palestinian demonstrators.
Under the law, stone throwers could face 10 years in prison, and up to 20 years if it is determined that they intended to seriously harm the occupants in a vehicle.
Lawmaker Nissan Slomiansky, who sponsored the legislation, said that one-third of arrests in Jerusalem are connected to stone throwing. He called it a life-threatening phenomenon that must be "aggressively eradicated."
Arab lawmaker Jamal Zahalka accused the parliament of hypocrisy, saying stone throwing is an answer to abuses by Israeli security forces. He said: "You are picking on the person responding to major injustices."