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Sunday, May 24, 2009


Commemorate the Nakba, go to jail

Public commemoration of Israel's independence as a day of mourning could become a crime subject to prison penalty, should a bill approved on Sunday by a ministerial panel be brought to the Knesset and cabinet for vote.

The Ministerial Committee for Legislation on Sunday approved a preliminary proposal which would make it illegal to hold events or ceremonies marking Israel's Independence Day as a "nakba," or catastrophe.

According to the bill, those found in violation could face up to three years in prison. (Source)
This is the first cousin, or perhaps the direct descendant, of the law which sends people in many countries, including Israel, to jail for denying the Holocaust. And, no doubt, also a close relative of the common practice of denouncing any criticism of Israel as "anti-Semitism."

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