In response to what it calls rising anti-Semitism abroad, Israel is pushing to ban the word „Nazi” from its lexicon. But it’s not stopping there: Uttering any other slur related to the Third Reich would also be a crime, as would using any Holocaust symbol, from swastikas to the yellow star, for any reason other than learning. The penalty? Up to six months in jail and a $29,000 fine.
Its parliament gave preliminary approval to the bill yesterday—amid critics’ cries of free speech violations—though the bill must make it through three more parliamentary votes.
A civil-liberties lawyer points out Israel has no law that explicitly promises free speech, but notes its Supreme Court has time and again upheld that liberty.
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