Court overturns conviction of man who called soldiers Nazis

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January 19, 2012 11:35

 
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The Central District Court ruled on Thursday to quash the conviction of a man who called two IDF soldiers in the West Bank 'Nazis'.

The defendant, Oded Efrati, was convicted in the Kfar Saba Magistrate's Court in 2007 with the offense of insulting a public official. The conviction was made under a plea bargain after Efrati admitted calling the two soldiers 'Nazis', and the court handed down a suspended sentence of six months, 60 hours' community service and ordered Efrati to pay NIS 3,000 to each of the soldiers.

The state opposed Efrati's appeal against his conviction, saying that it was "not appropriate to send a message to the public that it is"allowed" to insult public officials by calling them Nazis without having to face a criminal conviction".

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