Gaza disengagement protesters pardoned


JERUSALEM (JTA) — The criminal records of hundreds of people arrested during demonstrations against the Gaza disengagement will be expunged. 

Israel’s Knesset on Monday approved on second and third reading a bill initiated by Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin that would pardon about 400 mostly teenage boys and girls who had minor criminal charges filed against them.

The new law does not pardon crimes that involved explosives, serious violence or endangered human life.

It marked the third time that Israel has granted a general amnesty. The other two occurred in 1949 and in 1967.

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