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Israeli Police Can Open Fire On Palestinian Stone-Throwers

Technically, they already could in self-defense, but now Israeli police can open fire on stone-throwers if they believe civilian lives are at risk.

By Christina Hartman | September 26, 2015

Israeli police are now allowed to open fire on Palestinian protesters who throw rocks and firebombs. (Video via PressTV

The practice of hurling stones and firebombs is a popular form of protest among Palestinians, especially young people.

"Israeli authorities can use rifles and handguns, while protesters only have slingshots loaded with stones," an RT anchor reported

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Israel's Security Cabinet blessing a live ammunition response is often presented by critics as a disproportionate and even criminal reaction, but stone-throwing can be fatal. 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blamed stone-throwers for the recent death of a driver who apparently lost control of his car. Protesters had pelted his car and the road he was traveling on. 

Previously, Israeli police were allowed to open fire on stone-throwers if officers believed their own lives were in danger — as an IDF brigade commander says was the case in July when he fatally shot 17-year-old Palestinian Mohammed al-Kasbah. (Video via Israel Defense Forces)

Now, Israeli officers can also fire if they believe a civilian's life is at risk. Israel's Security Cabinet is also pushing legislation that would impose mandatory minimum sentences on stone-throwers, and fine the parents of convicted minors.

This video includes images from Getty Images. 

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