The Knesset Plenum passed, in its second and third reading, a bill for extending the emergency regulations’ validity (Judea and Samaria—judging of offenses and legal assistance) 2012, by the Constitution, Law and Justice Committee.
The regulation, which coordinates the legal relationship between Israel and the Judea and Samaria region, is set to expire on June 30th. The bill proposes extending the validity for another five years, until June 30th, 2017.
Knesset Member Dov Hanin (Hadash) said, “I call on the Knesset to oppose calling the bill for extending the agreements’ validity by the strange name of ‘legal assistance,’ when there is no assistance and no justice — this is one of the strangest and most problematic absurdities that could be proposed. We created a strange legal authority — rules that apply to Israelis and rules that apply to Palestinians. A regime with two systems of law is discriminatory; it is not moral, legal or just.”
MK Jamal Zahalka (Balad) said, “Call the dog by its name—this legal reptile that we, I hope, are going to vote against. This is apartheid. When some people receive one type of treatment, and certain people receive another, it is apartheid. This regime enables ‘legal assistance’ to be used in order to realize the occupation and violate human rights on a mass level, to set aside land, and to drive out and violate international law. Whoever votes in favor of the bill declares their support of injustice and the violation of the Palestinians’ human rights.”
12 MKs voted in favor of the bill with 5 voting against in the bill’s third reading; the bill was approved.