Israel approves bill penalizing denial of Oct. 7

Offenders could face up to 5 years in prison

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TEL AVIV — The Ministerial Committee for Legislative Affairs in Israel has approved three bills, one of which prohibits the denial of events that occurred on October 7, 2023, with offenders facing up to five years of imprisonment, The Jerusalem Post reported.اضافة اعلان

Forer's bill
The bill proposed by Member of Knesset (MK) Oded Forer of the Yisrael Beytenu party prohibits the denial of the events of October 7. According to the proposal, individuals who publish, either in writing or orally, statements that deny or downplay these events, or express praise, sympathy, or identification with that day, will face a five-year prison sentence.

Additionally, the bills, initiated by MK Almog Cohen of the Otzama Yehudit party, MK Forer, and MK Moshe Passal of the Likud party, also include provisions for the deportation of families of Hamas members, as well as compensation for ZAKA volunteers.

Concerning the deportation of families of Hamas members, deportation will only be enforced if it is proven that the relatives had prior knowledge of the events of October 7, expressed support for them, or issued statements of praise, sympathy, or encouragement.

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