New law expands int’l ties for war on terror (JERUSALEM POST) By LAHAV HARKOV 07/10/12)
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The security cabinet can declare an individual a terrorist following
recommendations from the UN or a foreign government, according to a
bill that passed its second and third (final) votes in the Knesset
The government-sponsored amendment to the law prohibiting funding
terrorists passed with 25 MKs in favor and four opposed.
The new law allows the cabinet to declare a person or organization as
a terrorist should the UN Security Council or a relevant office of a
foreign government recommend they do so.
When the Security Council declares a person a terrorist, UN member
countries are required to follow suit, but before Monday, Israeli law
made doing so complicated.
Previously, the law allowed the cabinet to declare a person or
organization a terrorist if there was reasonable evidence.
However, the Security Council does not always publicize its
reasoning, preventing ministers from cooperating.
As such, Israel was unable to be a full partner in battling
According to the National Security Council’s legal adviser Gil
Avriel, the UN gave Israel names of 360 terrorists, but only 250
could be declared as such by the cabinet.
“The bill is meant to increase international cooperation in
preventing terror,” a Prime Minister’s Office representative said at
a Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee discussion of the
“The bodies that examined the organizations are serious and
trustworthy. It is unreasonable that we will not trust international
security bodies.” (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post 07/10/12)
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