Israel Parliament Votes to Abolish Capital Punishment
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Israel Parliament Votes to Abolish Capital Punishment

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The Israel Parliament today abolished the death penalty for the crime of murder. The vote was 61 to 33, with two abstentions.

The bill does not affect capital punishment for crimes committed by the Nazis or in complicity with the Nazis. The death penalty for certain crimes under military law and for crimes against the state will remain in effect until separate measures are adopted to do away with capital punishment in these specific cases.

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