Israel’s poor record on free speech

It is illegal in Israel to publicly proclaim that less than six million Jews died in the Nazi Holocaust. According to Wikipedia, the Israeli law reads, in part:

Prohibition of Denial of Holocaust 2. A person who, in writing or by word of mouth, publishes any statement denying or diminishing the proportions of acts committed in the period of the Nazi regime, which are crimes against the Jewish people or crimes against humanity, with intent to defend the perpetrators of those acts or to express sympathy or identification with them, shall be liable to imprisonment for a term of five years.

Of course Israel is not alone in upholding such thought crimes, but this “outpost of the free world” should strive for higher standards when it comes to freedom. A case last year, pitting a rabbi against anti-racism laws in Israel,  is reminiscent of some of the attacks against Christians in European countries.

If you publicly disregard the custom of remaining silent during the one-minute commemoration of fallen Israeli soldiers (accompanied by a loud siren), you will find yourself accosted by an angry public and the law will not be on your side. I can speak from personal experience on this matter.

But now it appears that any offensive statement, if posted publicly (such as on Facebook), can lead to detention and interrogation. An Israeli basketball player, Ido Kozikaro, learned this the hard way:

Ido Kozikaro, Gilboa/Galil’s center, was interrogated under caution by Afula police on Monday because of an off-color post on his Facebook page.

“There’s nothing like starting the holiday with matza dipped in the blood of Christian and Muslim children,” the post read in Hebrew on the basketball player’s page…

Kozikaro was making a joke based on the blood libels that have been made against Jews over the centuries. A member of the Gilboa regional council filed the complaint.

With laws such as these, the traditional feminist saying, “that’s not funny”, takes on new meaning. Admittedly, I don’t think it’s funny either – but I’ll simply hold my laughter; I won’t go running to the authorities.

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6 Responses to Israel’s poor record on free speech

  1. SFG says:

    Actually, I think it was 5.9 or something, wasn’t it? 6 million’s a round number.

    I’m a little surprised Israel would have laws against Holocaust denial–who would do it? Arabs, I guess?

    • Lif says:

      I’m a little surprised Israel would have laws against Holocaust denial since they deny the armenian genocide.

      • SFG says:

        You’re being facetious, most alt-righters are cynical enough for that to make sense ;)

        The concern is strategic. Israel for a long while was friendly with the (secular) Turkish government and didn’t want to piss off one of their few allies in the region. With the Islamists in power in Turkey and turning against Israel, it remains to be seen whether Israel will admit the Armenian genocide. I figure they ought to. Besides being the right thing to do, the whole region’s going Islamist anyway. Might as well make as many Christian friends as possible. The Chinese are anti-American for simple reasons of power politics.

  2. Anon says:

    “With laws such as these, the traditional feminist saying, “that’s not funny”, takes on new meaning. Admittedly, I don’t think it’s funny either – but I’ll simply hold my laughter; I won’t go running to the authorities.”

    I doubt that the Arabs would be so understanding, and that is probably the issue for this one. Taking someone in for questioning: “have you ever done the whole blood libel thing?” “no.” is basically CYA.

  3. I’ve heard something like 5.45 million as the best estimate. But you know what? You can’t bargain down Hitler’s status as a monster by lessening his victim count. If he had, over the course of his career, merely pulled a “St. Valentine’s Day Massacre” and gunned down 7 mob associates, he’d still be beastial vermin, unfit for association with decent people. Hell, if he had committed only one murder he’d still be a monster.

    It’s unfortunate that this particular principle is seldom appreciated–who we consider villains is mostly a product of the media. Al Capone is a romantic rogue, a figure who gives his name to Italian restaurants. Jessie James and Billy the Kid are western badasses, rugged individualists who played by their own rules. Idi Amin is a laughable thug, not the murderer of hundreds of thousands. And Mao–well, Mao’s death toll is hardly ever even recognized, a product of irresponsible historical amnesia. What’s 50 million Chinamen, give or take a few? The bastard ravaged his country’s population, smashed its Confusian culture, and at night, no doubt, he slept the untroubled sleep of the righteous.

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