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January 13, 2014 11:07 am

Israeli Ministerial Committee Approves Bill Banning Use of Nazi Symbols

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JNS.org Israel’s Ministerial Committee on Legislation on Sunday approved a bill that seeks to ban the use of Nazi symbols, attributes, and language in Israel except for historical, educational, or documentary purposes.

Explicit legislation barring the use of Nazi terminology currently exists in Germany, Poland, and Hungary. Many other Western nations, especially in Europe, ban such use under anti-incitement laws.

The bill, promoted by MK Dr. Shimon Ohayon (Yisrael Beiteinu), head of the Knesset lobby against anti-Semitism, seeks to make the use of Nazi symbols a criminal offense punishable by a 100,000-shekel ($28,700) fine and up to six months of incarceration.

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