Bill on prison for those who reject Jewish state passes in Knesset

The Knesset plenum on Wednesday passed a preliminary reading of a bill that would mandate the imprisonment of anyone who calls for the end of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state. According to the bill, espoused by MK Zevulun Orlev (Habayit Hayehudi), any such public statement that is likely to "cause an act of hatred, scorn or disloyalty to the state" or its institutions will land the speaker in prison for a year. 47 MKs supported the bill, 34 opposed it and one MK abstained.