Knesset legal adviser: Nakba bill legal

By GIL STERN STERN HOFFMAN
October 1, 2011 20:52

 
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The legal adviser of the Knesset, attorney Eyal Yinon, intends to argue before the Supreme Court that the so-called Nakba bill, which passed in March, is completely legal, a Knesset spokesman said Saturday night.

The bill enables the finance minister to withhold funds from municipalities and other government-funded bodies that actively work to deny Israel's existence as a Jewish-democratic state or that mark Yom Ha'atzmaut as a day of mourning.

The Court will deliberate on Wednesday on a petition filed by the NGOs Adallah and the Association of Civil Rights in Israel.

Yinon will argue that the bill does not deny freedom of expression.

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