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Bill punishing Nakba memorials passes first round in Israeli legislature

Jerusalem/PNN - A bill passed in the Israeli legislature yesterday bars organizations from commemorating the 1948 Nakba, in which thousands of Palestinians died or lost their homes.

The new law, which passed its preliminary reading by 38 votes to 14, denies funding and support to any group participating in “Nakba day” and other mourning events.

The bill originally proposed that such involvement would be punishable by three years’ imprisonment, but after discussion this was replaced with financial sanctions.

Jamal Zahalka, an Arab member of the Knesset (or legislature), has condemned the new law as “racially directed against Arabs.”

“This law is designed to deny us freedom of expression,” he said. “All the laws will not be able to control our thoughts or remove our memories of the tragedy of the Palestinian people.”

He also pointed out fears that the law c


Added: Jul-24-2009 Occurred On: Jul-24-2009
By: kanns01
Middle East
Tags: Nakba, Israel, ban, Palestine, lost homes
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