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Israeli affairs, News

Israeli cabinet backs bill banning use of Nazi, Holocaust terms


Knesset Member Uri Ariel (National Union) proposed a new billon Monday that would ban the use of the word Nazi and of Holocaust terms and symbols, except in the context of education, documentation or historical reporting. If passes, a person could  be incarcerated for up to 6 months and receive a fine of up to NIS 100,000 ($26,000) for violating the law. In defense of the bill, which has come under scrutiny for limiting freedom of speech, Ariel has said “Sadly, in recent years we have witnessed a growing trend where Nazi symbols are used with flippancy and complete disregard for the feelings of the Holocaust survivors and their decedents. This use is completely illegitimate and it makes no difference if those behind the use are price tag criminals.”

Ynetnews, Israel

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