Israeli ministers approve bill on ‘Nazi’ as illegal slur

Visitors stand in front of a flag with the Nazi swastika at Yad Vashem's Holocaust History Museum in Jerusalem. (File photo: Reuters)

Israeli ministers have approved a bill to fine those who call someone a Nazi or use Nazi-related nicknames, Israeli media reported on Monday.

The Ministerial Committee on Legislation approved the bill on Sunday and it will be brought before the Knesset on Wednesday.

The bill also forbids the use of Nazi symbols and labels as verbal and written slander, targeting an individual, a group of people or a corporation.

“Wearing striped attire reminiscent of Jews' uniform in Nazi camps or a yellow Star of David, or any use of swastikas could lead to six months in prison and NIS 100,000 fine,” Israel’s Ynet news reported.

MK Shimon Ohayon, who proposed the bill, told Ynet: "The rise of neo-Nazi groups that use these symbols poses a danger to Jews around the world, but as long as the State of Israel doesn’t ban them, we cannot complain about their appearance around the world."

MK Ohayon noted in his proposal: "Unfortunately, the use of Nazi symbols and nicknames is becoming prevalent in recent years.”

"The unbearable lightness of the daily use of these terms as part of the public and political discourse, while completely disregarding the feelings of Holocaust survivors and their families, should be condemned. In this reality, we must ban the use of Holocaust related signs, in order to prevent the spread of the phenomenon."

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:42 - GMT 06:42