Knesset panel OKs toned-down Nakba bill

JERUSALEM (JTA) – An Israeli Cabinet committee approved a toned-down version of the Nakba bill.

The new bill prohibits state funding for activities that mark the Palestinian Nakba, or the Catastrophe, which takes place on Israel’s Independence Day and is marked as a day of mourning.

All but one member of the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee approved the measure, which must pass three votes in the full Knesset.

The bill softens a version proposed two months ago by Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s Yisrael Beitenu Party that would have prohibited Israeli Arabs from marking the Nakba.

 

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