A new Israeli law will impose a five-year sentence on those joining terrorist organizations

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 |  Yossi Aloni

A ministerial committee unanimously approved a five year prison term for Israeli citizens that join terrorist organizations like IS.

The Ministerial Committee on Legislation unanimously approved a proposal by Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, which makes provision for a criminal prohibition of an Israeli national or resident to join an organized, armed, non-state entity, in a foreign country. The proposal authorizes the Minister of Defense, with the consent of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, together with the approval of the Knesset Constitutional Justice Committee, to specify the organizations, the countries or regions to which those that join will be liable to five years imprisonment.

The legislation stems from a recently discovered phenomenon, whereby Israeli citizens and residents have joined, or are being trained by, rebel forces in Syria. The groups activities or training are often conducted under the auspices of terrorist organizations - a phenomenon that constitutes a security threat to Israel, and may create an infrastructure for terrorist activities within Israel.

Justice Minister Livni said, "Israel, like any other country, has the right to defend itself against Islamic radical terrorism - and this goal will achieved both through strong internal legislation like this proposal, as well as through external processes: political process and the creation of a joint axis with the rest of the West against fundamentalist Islamic terrorism."

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