The Knesset’s Ministerial Committee for Legislation approves legislation that will impose a 5-year jail sentence for assaulting teachers.
The amendment to the Penal Law was proposed by Jewish Home lawmaker Moti Yogev in the wake of several incidents of violence against teachers.
In addition, Education Minister Naftali Bennett says he has instructed his office to ensure that students who attack teachers may be permanently expelled from the school.
“Teachers are our central resource and we are committed to empowering them,” Bennett says in a statement. “We have improved their employment conditions and now we are working to ensure their safety.”