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Issue . 60
P. 8
Yara and the Wanted Eighteen
Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu
has reacted to spiraling events in Jerusalem
and elsewhere in October and November
with a predictable, if dangerous, formula:
force and more force. The slew of directives
from his right-wing government includes a 2
November cabinet-proposed amendment to
the penal law increasing the punishment for
stone-throwers (peculiarly, even if there is no
evidence of intent to harm) from ten to twenty
years in prison. Most recently, in the wake of
protests erupting after the 8 November police
killing of a young man in the Galilee village
of Kafr Kanna, Netanyahu threatened to strip
Palestinian protestors of Israeli citizenship.