Israeli MK calls for permitting imprisonment of children

On Monday, MK Anat Berko (Likud) submitted a law proposing that minors can be sent to prison, prior to any alleged stab attacks carried out by Palestinian minors.
The current legislation prevents the imprisonment of children under the age of 14, although they can still be sent to juvenile facilities.
The bill suggests that the age of the offender can be dismissed in cases committed with a “nationalist motive.”

According to Berko, it is more likely that minors are recruited to commit attacks, as the ’loophole’ in the law, presumably there to protect children from being sent to jail, makes it easier to convince these children to commit acts of violence.

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