Bill outlawing membership in a neo-Nazi group passes

October 9, 2007 22:47


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The Knesset passed a bill in its preliminary reading on Tuesday that would prohibit membership in a neo-Nazi organization and set a minimum three-year jail sentence for the offense. The bill comes following the recent arrest of alleged neo-Nazis in Petah Tikva. "Unlike in many European countries, there had never been a law in Israel outlawing membership in a Nazi group," said the bill's sponsor, MK Moshe Gafni (United Torah Judaism). The bill passed by a four to zero vote in the plenum while the other 116 MKs were absent. It will be expedited in the Knesset Law Committee and brought back to the plenum soon for its final readings.

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