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Israel might criminalise Nazi comparisons

2012-01-10 16:25

Jerusalem - A proposed bill would make it a crime in Israel to criticise people by comparing them to Nazis.

The draft legislation would impose penalties of up to six months in jail and a $25 000 fine for using the word "Nazi" or Holocaust symbols for purposes other than teaching, documentation or research.

The draft legislation passed its first hurdle on Monday when Cabinet ministers approved it. It now goes to the full parliament for a vote.

The bill was proposed after ultra-Orthodox demonstrators set off a furore by dressing young boys as Nazi concentration camp inmates during a protest against what they said was incitement against their community. Protesters have also called police "Nazis".

The bill has been criticised by civil rights groups that see it as infringing on freedom of expression.

Comments
  • Sharkshoot - 2012-01-10 17:04

    Brilliant! lets see which South African MP dares make a comment about the Israelis and compares them to Nazis. Come on Zuma I dare you.

      Blade - 2012-01-10 17:21

      @Graziella nobody cares what you say. Sorry.

      Irene - 2012-01-10 17:22

      Graziella ~ So should we all fall down or what?

      Graziella - 2012-01-10 17:24

      Are you a mind reader Blade?

      Sharkshoot - 2012-01-10 17:45

      I fully realise where the crime needs to take place but as common sense dictates, ANY person ANYWHERE in the world making the Nazi comment can still be kicked between the legs the moment they cross into Israeli territory. Make the comment at your peril.

      Sharkshoot - 2012-01-10 18:18

      Make yourself useful and become a fleshbomb.

      Dirk - 2012-01-10 18:27

      May God , the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, protect Israel against the murderous , corrupt and filthy palestinian terrorist vermin and all their misguided scum supporters around the world

      Barry - 2012-01-10 19:25

      This is what Mugabe does is Zimbabwe. If the truth hurts then stop it through legislation.

      Dirk - 2012-01-10 19:44

      Have you ever done some research into the behaviour of your ancestors? It would be to ghastly to write here.

      Graziella - 2012-01-10 19:55

      Nó, but I've learned about that Great butcher called Alexander.

      Dirk - 2012-01-10 20:49

      I dont think that N 24 has the capacity to list the butchers of Africa, beginning with Idi Amin, big dadda. Sure you not related to him? Your character seems very similar.

      Jonathon - 2012-01-10 20:54

      While its legal here I think it would be fair to call Julius a Nazi!! What we really need in this country is to strengthen penalties for racist remarks made against white people. We may be the minority but we're here to stay. A.N.C = Africa.Nazi.Congress ;-)

      Graziella - 2012-01-10 20:54

      Go to bed will you. You sound like an overtired child looking for attention!

      Blade - 2012-01-11 09:15

      @Graziella as you are aware I am not a mind reader but was referring to your comment which was deleted. You obviously do not only suffer from the victim mentality, you are also afflicted with a measure of dishonesty....which is to be expected I suppose...

  • Blade - 2012-01-10 17:12

    Can we still compare the ANCYL to the Nazis?

      Sharkshoot - 2012-01-10 17:47

      Yes. All extremists. The Philistines..er..I mean Palestinians can be compared to Nazis.

      Jaba - 2012-01-11 08:01

      Outside of Israel you can call anyone you want a Nazi - In Israel you may not use the term as is it is now punishable by a fine (I think SA should introduce this for the ‘K’ word)... but I agree - ANCYL & Hamas (Palestine) would be like Nazis if they ever have the power to perform their will... for all they talk about is racist bloodshed! So yes, they are Nazis.

  • BA - 2012-01-10 17:45

    Graziella you know you are really an extremely horrible, pathetic person. Maybe you enjoy making racist, Jew-hating comments. Maybe you think it is funny, or you get some perverse enjoyment from it. You obviously realize that people take your disgusting comments seriously, because it is such a serious issue. Most people, obviously including Jewish people, really find your Holocaust denial and your denial of Israel's right to exist not only racist, hateful, and offensive, but extremely hurtful. It is an insult to the lives of the 6 million Jews and the millions and millions of other people, including black people, that were murdered by the nazis. I believe that what comes around goes around, and that you will be punished, somehow, for all your hatred, and the offense and pain you cause. The wheel will turn on you. I just want to say that even though I think you enjoy upsetting people, I will not give up responding to your hatred, prejudice and bias. And I feel sorry for you in a way, because I think you are trapped in a pathetic place in your mind and your heart. Finally, you should know that Israelis and the Jewish people will never give up the fight for our survival. Even if Iran drops a nuclear bomb on Israel, we will fight on. I think you hope for that day, but I do not. It will be a terrible shame for the world. But we will never give up.

      Graziella - 2012-01-10 18:26

      @BA You should have seen my posts 2-3 years ago. I didn't hold these feelings, you must blame Netanyahu for the genocide that he committed in 2009, coupled with the right-wingers who are anti-African on these threads. Perhaps if you showed the same level of condemnation to them I might repent and ask for your forgiveness.

      Dirk - 2012-01-10 18:43

      Crazyella- Of all the things you have lost, I am sure, you miss your mind the most. Perhaps, you were born without one. Otherwise you must be under the influence of something. It is simply not possible to utter so much hog otherwise. Mind you, this is Africa and explains the condition of the continent. I hope you receive a parcel by air from Mossad. May God bless Israel

      Jaba - 2012-01-11 08:05

      Graziella, all loss of life in 2009 falls on the murderous hands of Hamas who 1) started the war. 2 used civilian infrastructure to fight the war from (ie Schools, Mosques & UN buildings).

  • Matthew Patrick - 2012-01-11 00:34

    Is it now illegal in Israel to call someone a 'spelling Nazi' or a 'grammar nazi'?

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