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Israel calls for punishing those who document army violations against Palestinians

Palestinian protesters take cover after Israeli forces fire tear gas during the 'Great March of Return' in Gaza on 4 April 2018 [Ashraf Amra/Apaimages]

Israel’s right-wing Yisrael Beiteinu, led by Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman, is pushing for a new law to punish those who document the Israeli soldiers activities during their army service, Israeli Channel 7 reported.

The draft law calls for anyone who films soldiers during their military service to be handed a -year jail term which would increase to ten years if the content is classified as “detrimental to Israeli security”.

The bill also prohibits the publication of video recordings on social media or disseminating them to the media.

The party’s proposed draft bill comes after video footage circulated showing Israeli occupation forces cheering as their peers shot peaceful Palestinian protesters in the besieged Gaza Strip.

“It is time to put an end to leftist organisations’ activities which in recent days filmed an army soldier to help delegitimize the state of Israel,” the Israeli channel quoted sources from the Yisrael Beiteinu as saying.

Read: 7 Palestinian protesters killed by Israeli army gunfire

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