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February 21, 2012 11:56 am

Bill Falls Short of Fully Cutting Terrorists’ Pension Rights

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Israeli PM B. Netanyahu. Photo: White House.

The Knesset Labor, Welfare and Health Committee on Monday unanimously approved for a first reading in the Knesset a bill that calls for halving social security benefits to terrorists, Israel Hayom reported.

However, MK David Rotem originally proposed denying all social security benefits to convicted terrorists and security offenders. “This is a compromise I was obliged to agree to,” Rotem said, adding that the version of the bill he agreed to was “better than nothing.”

According to the bill, those convicted of terrorism or of helping to carry out terrorist attacks, and those who have been imprisoned for more than 10 years, would lose 50 percent of their social security benefits, including unemployment, disability, old age, work accidents, bankruptcy, and next of kin rights. The denial of social security rights will also apply to the family members of a terrorist.

“Our blood will not be spilled in vain,” said Labor Committee Chairman Haim Katz. “Terrorists will see and will fear that their social security benefits could be compromised, and so they will deterred from terrorist activity.”

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