C'tee approves bill prohibiting marking 'Nakba' on Independence Day

May 24, 2009 18:28

The ministerial committee on Legislation approved a bill on Sunday afternoon that will make it illegal to mark Israel's Independence Day as a day of mourning. Palestinians refer to the events of 1948 - when hundreds of thousands fled or were driven from their homes - as the 'Nakba,' which in Arabic means catastrophe. According to the bill, proposed by MK Alex Miller (Israel Beiteinu), those commemorating the Palestinian nakba on Independence Day will be sentenced to up to three years in prison. The bill must still be approved by the cabinet and the Knesset.

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