After a week of delays, a law was approved tonight in the Knesset plenum that allows a person to leave a demonstration up to 1,000 meters from his place of residence, as part of the closure. The law was approved in the second and third readings, with the support of 46 MKs and 38 opponents. A meeting of the Blue and White faction that preceded the vote, during which MK Bnei Gantz tried to persuade all Knesset members to support the law, did not achieve its goal, and MKs Miki Haimovich and Ram Shefa objected.
Under the “Extension of Powers” bill, the government could declare a “special state of emergency due to the corona virus” for a week, if convinced of a widespread spread of the virus that causes serious harm to public health and provided the closure regulations are in force. The government can extend the declaration for additional periods of one week, up to a total of 21 days. It will be brought to the Constitution Committee next to the decision on extension, and the committee can cancel the declaration retrospectively. Quarantine regulations in force.
According to the previous law, in a “special state of emergency” that will be declared during a closure, it will not be possible to completely prevent prayers, demonstrations or a religious ceremony, but it will be possible to set restrictions on the gathering, including a limit on the number of participants. Also, in a “special emergency” it will be possible to restrict a person’s departure for a demonstration to the distance allowed to leave the place of residence, which in the current regulations is 1,000 meters. This section of the law has drawn widespread protests against it from members of the opposition and outside the Knesset, claiming that it is a serious violation of democracy.
The law amended during its preparation further stipulates that it will be possible to seek medical treatment even if it is not “essential medical care”, and that a person with a disability staying in an out-of-home setting will be able to visit his parents or guardian.
“Without trust it is impossible to defeat the corona”
Prior to the vote, Knesset members spoke. MK Osama Saadi from the joint list said that “this is a law that has a black flag hoisted over it and is unconstitutional.”
Orna Barbibai noted that “the prime minister has lost control of all areas of life and the citizens will take responsibility. This is a political closure, imposed only for political reasons.” Ram Ben Barak stressed that the percentage of infections in the demonstrations is zero, while the entry of yeshiva students from abroad caused the outbreak of the plague.
The chairman of Yisrael Beiteinu, Avigdor Lieberman, also spoke during the discussion, which lasted about four hours, and said that “one of the problems that flooded us with the Corona sign was regulations. It turns out that no one understands the regulations issued by the government. The other problem the workers at the checkpoint told us was the loss of public confidence. There are isolation provisions for those coming from abroad but the prime minister reaches out to a lot of his supporters after he has been abroad, his two aides are breaking isolation and so on. There is no logic.
“30 people can travel by bus from Jerusalem to Haifa but two on a tennis court is forbidden? Soldiers are closed for a whole month at the outpost, but yeshiva students can return to crowded homes and large families. “Trained flights were verified corona patients. What the prime minister is doing is just intimidation. The crisis is managerial – the prime minister is a failed manager and as such he has to draw conclusions.”
MK Merav Michaeli referred in her speech to sending the soldiers to the checkpoints yesterday and said: “Soldiers are being sent to silence civilians and civilians. A government that is unwilling to bear the unbearable consequences of its decisions, the same government sends men and women soldiers who are meant to defend the state, to deprive citizens of a basic right. I am here to vote against what this government is doing. “
According to MK Tamar Zandberg, “Sometimes I imagine the annals of the State of Israel, what will be written there? That on Yom Kippur 5741, the day before and the day after, the Knesset convened an amendment that could be demonstrated a kilometer away, in a capsule. Is that what happened? People died in dozens, lay in hospitals, businesses lost their livelihoods, the school year changed, “.
The chairman of the Constitution, Law and Justice Committee, Yaakov Asher (Torah Judaism) summed up the discussion before the vote and said “there may have been mistakes, but I have not heard anyone from the opposition say not to open. Everyone is nice. No one wants to be the bad guy. One should also say what not to do, not just what to do. We had a long and exhaustive discussion in the committee. The protocols will testify. Even if someone wants to go to the High Court tomorrow, I’m ready to say – we did a professional job. We listened and checked everything.
“Sticking to demonstrations or not, sticking more in synagogues? I do not like the connection, even when it is made by some of my friends. There should not have been this connection. If a teacher has to tell 40 students tomorrow it is forbidden to play ball, but some children can, It is clear that such a teacher loses control of the classroom. This is the essence of the law. There is a violation of the right to demonstrate. In the committee we defended this right and I defended that right. And to my left, Gabriel and here they dance and here they demonstrate. “
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