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Israeli bill to outlaw the word Nazi sparks ire

Israel’s Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, right, lights a candle during a wreath laying ceremony at the “Gleis 17” (Platform 17) memorial at Grunewald railway station in Berlin, Germany on Jan. 31. The Gleis 17 memorial is a platform at the Grunewald station in Berlin from where some 50,000 Jewish citizens were deported by train to the Nazi concentration camps between 1941 and 1945.

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An Israeli draft law that would criminalize the use of the word Nazi in most cases has sparked a debate on freedom of speech in a state that was founded out of the ashes of the Holocaust.

Seven decades later, memories of the extermination of millions of Jews during World War II permeate virtually every aspect of life in Israel. Public figures and interest groups frequently invoke the World War II genocide to score political points, and the word “Nazi” and Nazi symbols have slipped into Israeli discourse over the years.

The bill would impose a fine of 100,000 shekels (US$2,854) and six months in jail for anybody using the word or symbols from Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich in a “wrong or inappropriate way.” Educational settings would be exempt, as would certain artistic performances, said Shimon Ohayon, the bill’s sponsor.

Israel’s legislature gave preliminary approval to the measure, but it still must pass three more readings and committee discussions before becoming law. A similar effort in 2012 fell in committee amid opposition.

(Liberty Times)







1. ash n.

灰燼;廢墟 (hui1 jin4; fei4 xu1)

例: The nation slowly rose from the ashes of war.


2. extermination n.

根除;滅絕 (gen1 chu2; mie4 jue2)

例: International measures have been taken to prevent the extermination of the whale.


3. score points v. phr.

刻意迎合他人 (ke4 yi4 ying2 he2 ta1 ren2)

例: She washed the car in order to score points with her father.


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