The Cameras Law

Ben-Gvir: "Whoever opposes this law probably doesn't care that Arabs are murdered"

Minister of National Security Itamar Ben-Gvir rebuffed criticism of the promotion of the new facial recognition camera law: "We are giving tools to the police to deal with crimes"

Itamar Ben-Gvir (Photo by Yonatan Zindel, Flash90.)

After approval by the Ministerial Committee for Legislation, Minister of National Security Itamar Ben-Gvir welcomes the passing of the "Camera Law", which will allow the police to use security footage for facial recognition - in cases of serious crime.

"After passing the Weapons Law and the Protection Law, today we are promoting another law in a series of laws that will allow us to fight the acts of murder in the Arab sector and the acts of protection. I say to all those who are clucking their tongues - whoever opposes this law probably does not care that people are murdered in Arab society. This law exists in the different regions of the world: in London and the USA and today we are giving tools to the police to deal with the crimes."

The legal adviser to the government supported the promotion of the law

The Ministerial Committee on Legislation today (Monday) approved a law by the Minister of National Security Itamar Ben-Gvir and the Minister of Justice Yariv Levin, to approve the use of facial recognition cameras, with the aim of it being a significant tool in the fight against crime, especially crime in the Arab sector.

The law will be promoted after it came up in the past and it was rejected due to an overly broad interpretation of the permission to use cameras. After discussions between the ministries of national security and justice, it was decided to reduce the law to cases of "serious crime" and protection offenses.

Illustration (Photo: Avshalom Sassoni, flash90.)

The opinion submitted on behalf of the legal adviser to the government also sided with the promotion of the bill, while continuing to examine the accuracy of the arrangement on technological supervision.

The updated wording will explicitly state that it will not be possible to use these cameras to enforce free speech events such as demonstrations, and in addition, the proposal stipulates a three-year prison sentence for those who make illegal use of these camera records.

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