Thursday, November 21, 2013

News the HP Doesn't Cover: Moroccan Law Proposed to Ban Contact With Israelis

A large majority of Moroccan lawmakers has proposed legislation that would outlaw any contacts with Israelis. If it is passed, even private or indirect dealings with the “Israeli entity” would become a criminal offense punishable by two to five years in prison and a heavy fine.
Human rights groups denounced the initiative, including one Moroccan-based organization that called the bill “inhuman, anti-constitutional and antidemocratic” and suggested it was “influenced by Nazi tendencies.”The bill was proposed by five parties in the Moroccan House of Representatives — including that of Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane. Introduced earlier this summer, and largely unnoticed at the time, it was given the heading “Criminalizing Normalization with the Israeli Entity.”The proposed law seeks to prohibit attendance at or support for any “activity in Morocco in which a natural or legal person holding Israeli citizenship or being resident of the Israeli entity contributes, participates, or attends.”

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