Saturday, June 20, 2009

Footnote to the preceding, Two

One other "fact" may be in the process of being created: that Israeli independence is universally celebrated with the country.
The Ministerial Committee for Legislation on Sunday approved a preliminary proposal which would make it illegal to hold events or ceremonies marking Israel's Independence Day as a "nakba," or catastrophe.

Rather than holding barbecues and parades on Independence Day, Israeli Arabs and Palestinians usually take the day to commemorate the dispersal of Palestinians during the 1948 War of Independence. ...

Nakba Day is often observed by the Arab population in Israel with marches through destroyed villages.
If the bill passes - and I feel compelled to note again that it has only received preliminary approval - taking part in such a march or any similar activity, no matter how peaceful, could be punished by up to three years in prison.

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