Israel wants to criminalize nazi comparison

Israel wants to criminalize nazi comparison

The initiative came a good week after ultra-orthodox jews in jerusalem dressed up as inmates of nazi concentration camps and pinned a yellow jewish star to their chests during a demonstration. Policemen were insulted as nazis. This was met with sharp criticism as an abuse of the holocaust.

According to the draft, it will be forbidden in the future to use the word nazi or similar sounding words and terms associated with national socialism, the third reich or any of its leaders. Whoever wears striped clothing reminiscent of the clothes worn by concentration camp inmates, or uses a yellow jewish star or similar symbols, is also liable to prosecution. Photos, drawings and sculptures depicting the swastika or related symbols are also to be banned. The penalty is up to six months in jail and the payment of 100,000 shekels (20,000 euros). The only exception is the academic study of the holocaust.

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