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Israel advances bill banning Nazi terminology

Published on Jan 17, 2014 4:45 AM

JERUSALEM (AFP) - Israel's parliament has given initial approval to a bill banning the use of Nazi terminology, media reported Thursday, with critics saying it violates freedom of expression.

The bill was passed at a preliminary reading on Wednesday but it must still be debated in a parliamentary committee, then go through a series of votes in the Knesset before it can become law.

According to the proposal, penned by Shimon Ohayon of the ruling Likud-Beiteinu party, a person who uses the word Nazi or a derivative, a Holocaust symbol such as concentration camp inmates garb or yellow stars of David, or a Nazi symbol, could be imprisoned for six months and fined the equivalent of US$28,654 (S$36,400).

The bill's introductory note states, however, that using Nazi terminology or symbolism for educational or historic purposes is permitted.

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