Gov´t Kills Holocaust Denier Law (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gabe Kahn 05/09/12)
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The Netanyahu government rejected Wednesday a bill raised by MK
Michael Ben Ari (National Union) that would proscribe negotiations
with holocaust deniers.
The bill, which Ben Ari calls the "Abbas Law" for Palestinian
Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas, would have made negotiations with
the PA impossible.
PA doctrine denies the deaths of six-million Jews in the Holocaust
ever took place, and officially refers to the Yad Vashem holocaust
center and memorial as the "Holocaust Lie."
Ben Ari argued that Israel should reject diplomatic relations with
anyone who denies the truth of what was done to the Jewish people in
Europe, or the existence of the State of Israel.
The bill would, as formulated, allow citizens to file suit against
the government for maintaining diplomatic contacts with those they
deem to be Holocaust deniers. The law did not define "Holocaust
denier," effectively leaving such a determination to the courts.
Education Minister Gideon Sa´ar and Justice Minister Yaakov Neeman
argued a situation in which individual citizens use their own
definition of who is and isn´t a Holocaust denier would
be "completely unworkable."
"The government must make that determination," Neeman said.
For his part, Ben-Ari accused Neeman of "legal sophistry," and
stated that his proposal is just a "survival instinct that should
guide any human being, let alone a nation that has experienced the
"This is Abu Mazen and the PA and their education system, not
something that can be measured in marginal ways," he said. "The
textbooks in their school system say the State of Israel does not
"Do we deny it, and then trick ourselves into believing that it is
better to be seen as seekers of peace? Do we have any limits?! You
desire to be loved and receive a hug from those who work towards our
Then Ben Ari attacked Sa´ar directly, saying, "Opposition to this law
is one of the most horrific acts of hypocrisy, and we will pay the
price for it." (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 05/09/12)
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