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01/08/2015   20th Knesset, First Session, Summer Assembly
Knesset passes law to prevent damages caused by hunger strikes; first session concludes
The law allows prisoners who go on hunger strikes to be force-fed, with the court`s permission. MK Ahmad Tibi of the Joint Arab List said ”a hunger strike is a non-violent tool used by a person who has decided to achieve a political or legal goal using his body,” and called on doctors to refrain from cooperating ”with this terrible law, which is meant to allow the torture of prisoners.” MK Oren Hazan was removed from the plenary hall after he called out: ”Tibi is taking advantage of his status as an MK to encourage terror against the state”

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Press Releases
30/7/2015 - Knesset passes law to prevent damages caused by hunger strikes; summer assembly`s first session ends
29/7/2015 - Ethics Committee reprimands Deputy Minister Mazuz over comments ”bordering on racism towards the entire Arab population”
29/7/2015 - Knesset marks decade since uprooting of Gush Katif and north Samaria settlements; Speaker Edelstein: ”It was a cynical and cruel plan”
28/7/2015 - Ivory Coast National Assembly President Soro visits the Knesset as a guest of Speaker Edelstein; parliamentary cooperation agreement signed
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On the Public Agenda
During an Education Committee debate on the BDS campaign, with the participation of researchers and university heads, Committee Chairman MK Yakov Margi said ”If the countries of Europe are not driven by universal values and not by humanitarian values – what is motivating them? I have no doubt that this is the old evil anti-Semitism.” MK Hanin Zoabi: ”There is a crime whose name is occupation, and the whole world recognizes it”

The Knesset debates the political and security situation in the context of the negotiations for signing the Oslo Accords (B). MK Haim Dayan: ”The signing of the Oslo agreement is leading us to mass suicide...Arafat is repeatedly preaching to the Palestinians to continue with a long and severe jihad so that a Palestinian child will wave the Palestinian flag over the walls of Jerusalem.”

An ancient Jewish settlement, and ancient Christian settlement, burial caves, and more....

In the Committees
3/8/2015 10:00 - Monitoring implementation of law to expand proper representation of Ethiopian-Israelis in the...
3/8/2015 10:00 - Government measures to integrate disabled people in job market - State Comptroller's Report
5/8/2015 09:30 - Treatment of secondary legislative processes in the government system - State Comptroller's Report
9/8/2015 09:00 - Tour of Mount Zion to examine security and desecration of tombs - with Jerusalem Police Commander
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