Revoking child allowances from parents of children convicted of security offenses - Amendment No. 163 to the National Insurance Act

Economic Rights

This new law strips child allowances from the parents of a child convicted of criminal charges that are classified as security offences. It targets Palestinian minors who are either citizens of Israel or residents of East Jerusalem, and who are all brought before Israeli civil courts.

The National Insurance Law states explicitly that child allowances belong to the children, even if their parents actually receive these payments. By stripping child allowances from the child and his/her parents, the law creates arbitrary discrimination between minors who are convicted of security offenses (mainly Palestinians), and other minors convicted of other criminal charges, in breach of the fundamental principle of equality.

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