Thursday, March 24, 2011

Knesset Passes Bill Prohibiting Nakba Commemoration

The Israeli legislature has passed a bill that will require the state to fine local authorities or state funded bodies that commemorate the Palestinian Nakba Day.

The bill has been reworked since its proposal in May 2009; originally the bill authorized a three-year prison sentence for anyone seen commemorating the Nakba. Now it imposes a fine on any group or authority that hosts an event acknowledging the Palestinian Nakba.

Any such state-funded body will be forced to pay three times its cost in fines for violating the new bill.'


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