Tuesday’s session lasted about two and a half hours. Two bills were discussed and advanced after passing their first readings. The Gilad Farm incident was the hot topic in the one minute speech segment and the Homeland Security Minister’s question hour. The topic arose in the discussion on the two bills of the day as well. The advanced bills will require Russian instructions on pharmaceuticals and prohibit placing cigarette vending machines in public areas.

 

Non-Bills Summary

  • 20 MKs participated in the ‘One Minute Speech’ segment with the hot topic being the Gilad Farm incident.
  • 8 MKs participated in a question hour with Homeland Security Minister Aharonovitch (Y.B.), during which he defended the police actions in the Gilad Farm incident.

 

Bills Summary

Amendment to the Pharmacists Ordinance Bill

MK Tiviaev (Kadima) explained that his amendment would require adding instructions on all pharmaceuticals in Russian. He noted that he thought of this bill when he saw his own mother’s trouble with her pharmaceuticals.

MK Ariel (N.U.) praised and supported the bill. He concluded by blasting the police for the Gilad Farm shootings. He slammed the government for shooting at their own citizens. He called the situation an outrage and asked the MKs to speak out against it.

MK Ben-Ari (N.U.) praised and supported the bill. He spoke about the importance of Russian aliyah and said they deserve this hug. He went on to condemn the Gilad Farm shootings and said he met with the injured and saw the destruction and devastation that the police left. He blasted the police for destroying the cameras that captured the shootings. He attacked the police for not allowing him to exercise his rights as an MK in the Gilad Farm and for assaulting him. He called on the government to stop firing live bullets at Israeli citizens.

The bill passed its first reading 13-0 and was sent to the Labor, Welfare and Health Committee.

Amendment to the Limitation of the Advertising and Marketing of Tobacco Products Bill

MK Ariel explained that his amendment would prohibit placing cigarette vending machines in public spaces. He confessed that he smoked for 30 years, an addiction that cost him more than NIS 150,000 over that time. He noted the law says that those under 18 are not allowed to smoke; however, they purchase cigarettes from vending machines. He hoped this bill would stop that. He noted that the cigarette vending machine industry employs over 1,000 workers and because of that the bill won’t go into effect until the beginning of 2013. He added that many countries have proposed or passed similar bills over the past few years. He concluded that smoking kills and it is the government’s job to develop smoking prevention legislation.

MK Ben-Ari said that as an educator for over 20 years he supports this bill and stressed it must be passed yesterday. He called smoking an ugly poison and said this bill will take it out of the hands of those who are under 18. He called the bill an educational bill of importance. He concluded that it is better that 1,000 people lose their jobs over 10,000 people who might lose their lives.

MK Zeev (Shas) said that, as the former chairman of the Committee on Drug Abuse, he knows that cigarettes are something from which people can rehabilitate successfully. He blasted the cigarette commercials on television and the internet, including youtube and facebook. He suggested prohibiting cigarette advertising as well, since children surf the internet and watch television.

The bill passed its first reading 8-0 and was sent to the Finance Committee.

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