Israel moves to ban the word ‘Nazi’ and other references to the Third Reich other than for education purposes
- Calling someone a a Nazi could lead to jail sentence and £20,000 fine
- Use of Star of David in context of Holocaust would be banned
- Bill has reached first reading, still has two more readings to become law
- Attempts on similar bill were shot down years ago on free speech grounds
By LUKE GARRATT
PUBLISHED: 09:28 EST, 16 January 2014 | UPDATED: 09:29 EST, 16 January 2014
Israel has passed the first step on the road to more severe banning of the use of Nazi symbols and offensive ideology.
The ban would stop the use of all Nazi symbols and expressing remorse for the fall of the Nazi regime, and would make calling someone a Nazi illegal, with a punishment of up to six months in prison and a fine of 100,000 shekels (around £20,000).
In addition, the law would ban the use of the Jewish Star of David symbol when used in the context of the internment camps or in reference to the holocaust.
The bill has passed its first reading, but still has two more readings before it can become a law.
The first reading of the bill, submitted by MK Shimon Ohayon passed largely unopposed, receiving 44 votes for and 17 MKs voting against.
The bill was approved on Sunday by the Ministerial Committee for Legislation, meaning that it stands a better chance of becoming a law because it has the backing of the coalition government.