SHAFAQNA -Â Israelâ€™s ministerial committee for legislation on Sunday will vote on a proposed law that would allow Palestinians convicted by Israeli courts of committing murder â€œon an ethnic basisâ€ to be executed.
â€œThe ministerial committee for legislation, which includes ten ministers from various Israeli [political] parties, will vote on Sunday on a proposed law that would call for the death penalty against those who commit murder on an ethnic basis,â€ Israeli daily Yedihoth Ahronoth reported.
According to the newspaper, at least five of the committeeâ€™s ten members are expected to endorse the law, which was proposed by Avigdor Lieberman, head of Israelâ€™s far-right-wing Yisrael Beiteinu party.
In order to go into effect, the draft must receive a simple majority of votes in the committee. It then must pass three readings in the Knesset (Israelâ€™s parliament).
Palestinian critics have blasted the proposed legislation.
â€œVoting in such a law reflects the racism and criminality of [Prime Minister] Benjamin Netanyahuâ€™s right-wing government,â€ Issa Qaraqe, head of the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society, an NGO, told Anadolu Agency.
â€œThe international community should act quickly and stand against this Israeli aggression against Palestinians,â€ he added.
According to official Palestinian figures, over 6,500 Palestinians are currently languishing in prisons throughout the self-proclaimed Jewish state.