LONDON (Aug. 19)
Israel’s attorney general has been offered a compilation of all legal provisons in Europe against incitement to racial hatred, to be used as a guide for drafting similar Israeli legislation made necessary by the election of Rabbi Meir Kahane to the Knesset, the World Jewish Congress reported today.
The offer by the WJC research arm, the Institute of Jewish Affairs, was “warmly welcomed” by Attorney General Yitzhak Zamir who was asked by Justice Minister Moshe Nissim to draft anti-racist legislation urgently to meet the situation created by the activities of Kahane’s Kach Party.
The Institute of Jewish Affairs had collected the legislative material for some time as one of its major research projects. In offering it to Zamir, Dr. Stephen Roth, the director of the Institute, explained that it was collected for the purpose of improving legislation for the protection of the Jewish communities against anti-Semitism but the provisions are equally applicable for the protections of any other minority in Israel or elsewhere.
The collection also covers other subjects related to racial incitement, such as incitement to genocide and legislation banning racist associations or propaganda.