Knesset bill would ban use of Nazi symbols, slogans

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A Knesset committee approved a bill that would make the use of Nazi symbols and slogans in Israel illegal.

The Ministerial Committee for Legislation approved the bill on Sunday. It will be brought to the floor of the Knesset for its first reading later this week.  The bill also would prohibit wearing a six-pointed gold star such as those required of the Jews by the Nazis and would forbid wearing in public stripped clothing, resembling what inmates wore in Nazi concentration camps.

Such Nazi symobols have been worn by haredi Orthodox youths during demonstrations against drafting yeshiva students for Israel’s military.

Use of Nazi symbols and slogans would require a six-month prison sentence and a $28,000 fine, under the legislation.

Many countries in Europe have laws barring the use of Nazi symbols and slogans.