Posted by: Lister | April 7, 2008

3yrs for getting car fixed in West Bank

Haaretz reports:

A penalty of three years’ imprisonment will be imposed on Israeli vehicle-owners who take their vehicles to mechanics in the West Bank under a law passed by the Knesset on Monday.

The new law, presented by Likud MK Moshe Kahlon, prohibits Israeli-registered vehicles from being repaired by mechanics in territories under Palestinian Authority control, including those that are towed there by another vehicle.

The law will empower police officers to confiscate any vehicle in violation of it, as well as the vehicle license from its owner, and the vehicle that towed it to the Palestinian territories.

Police statistics show that around 50 Israeli vehicles are dismantled by mechanics in Palestinian territories each day after accidents, and their parts are then transferred to Israeli mechanics or used-car dealerships.

The police will advise vehicle-owners of the new law through an advertising campaign as well as by placing signs at checkpoints at the entry points to the territories.

The law will initially be implemented for two years and Defense Minister Ehud Barak is currently discussing its extension for another two with the Transport Ministry and the Knesset Economic Affairs Committee.

The article says nothing about how this is justified. The first comment implies the law is designed to keep Israelis from travelling to dangerous places. So this amounts to 3 yrs for risking your life.

The next asks why stupid laws are made. The third, says this is designed to deprive Palestinians of another source of income. A later comment points out that this law applies to junked cars — so it’s not about Palestinians planting bombs in the cars of unsuspecting Israelis

Rob of Melboune compares it to stopping Floridians from going to Cuba for medical care.

(via JSF, where Montag comments: “First they came for the mechanics, but I didn’t speak up because I’m not a mechanic….”)

YNET reports that the law is about reducing car thefts and increasing the quality of repairs. So, rather than prosecute car theives or those that deal in stolen goods, the problems can be fixed by stopping the involvement of Palestinian mechanics. And let’s not demand that mechanics be qualified — much easier to demand that the mechanics not be Palestinian.

The proposal, put forward by Knesset Member Moshe Kahlon (Likud), passed its second and third readings by a 12-MK majority – none objected or abstained.

The law will only be valid for the next two years, but the internal security minister will be authorized to extend it by two more years with the approval of the transportation minister and the Knesset’s Economics Committee.

“Data presented to the Economics Committee by police representatives revealed that spare parts of vehicles used for repair in the PA’s garages usually come from cars stolen in Israel.

“Moreover, the data also reveal that a significant part of the vehicles repaired in the PA territories were found to be severely flawed and had to be taken off the roads. In other words, the ‘repaired’ cars in fact constituted an immediate safety risk for their users.”

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