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Knesset says no to prisoner swaps; Cabinet toughens stone-throwing penalties

JERUSALEM– Israel’s Knesset passed a law Nov. 3 that would prevent prisoners from being released in swaps or for other diplomatic reasons. Under the measure, murderers could be sentenced to at least 40 years without parole, The Jerusalem Post reported.

The president could not pardon criminals in cases such as terrorist attacks, nationalistic murderers or the killing of a child. A judge would have to approve such pardons.

It does not apply to current prisoners, only for future rulings.

“This is the beginning of a return to Israeli security policy sanity on the topic of releasing terrorists,” Naftali Bennett, head of the Jewish Home party, said in a Facebook post.

Meanwhile, Israel’s Cabinet passed the amendment on Sunday, Nov. 2 to the penal code that will allow for sentences of up to 20 years for throwing stones or other objects at vehicles.

“Israel is taking vigorous action against terrorists and those who throw stones, firebombs and fireworks,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.

Rock throwing currently carries an average penalty of two years in jail. The new legislation does not cover the West Bank, where offenders are tried in military court.

Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai giving $50K to Gaza school reconstruction

Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai said she will donate $50,000 to a U.N. agency in the effort to rebuild damaged schools in Gaza.

Yousafzai, an advocate for worldwide access to education, was awarded the World Children’s Prize on Oct. 29 and promptly said she would donate the prize money to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees to assist its efforts to repair schools damaged by this summer’s fighting in Gaza.

“Innocent Palestinian children have suffered terribly and for too long,” said Yousafzai, a 17-year-old Pakistani, in remarks posted on the UNRWA website. “We must all work to ensure Palestinian boys and girls, and all children everywhere, receive a quality education in a safe environment. Because without education, there will never be peace.”

Designer Galliano loses lawsuit against Dior in firing over anti-Semitic rant

The British fashion designer John Galliano lost his lawsuit against Christian Dior for unfair dismissal. Galliano, who was fired in March 2011 after being filmed making anti-Semitic statements at a Paris bar, was ordered to pay Dior one symbolic euro. He had sued for lost earnings of up to $16 million, claiming that the fashion house was aware of his alcohol and drug addictions before the incident.

In the video, Galliano stated his love for Adolf Hitler and told people he believed were Jewish that their mothers should have been gassed. He later blamed his outbursts on addictions to drugs and alcohol.

Last month, Galliano was hired as the creative director of the Paris-based fashion house Maison Martin Margiela.

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