Israel adopts law on amnesty for Gaza protestors

JERUSALEM - Israel’s parliament on Monday passed a law granting amnesty to hundreds of demonstrators charged over violent protests against the 2005 withdrawal from the Gaza Strip, officials said.

By (AFP)

Published: Tue 26 Jan 2010, 12:07 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 7:42 AM

Backed by 51 MPs and opposed by nine, the legislation was presented to parliament by Feuven Rivlin of hawkish Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party to promote “national reconciliation.”

It provides for the abandonment of all prosecutions against 400 people, but does not cover 82 others already convicted of violence over the incidents, the officials said.

The opposition denounced the law, with Dov Khenin of the leftist Hadash party saying it encouraged extremists.

“The message is being sent to right-wing activists that they can throw boiling water, stones and do whatever they want because they know that MPs will support them and get a pardon,” said Khenin.

Israel’s unilateral withdrawal from the Gaza Strip in 2005 sparked many protests by Jewish settlers and extremists bitterly opposed to the move, some of them leading to clashes with Israeli security forces.

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