The Israeli government is considering a bill that would ban the use of the word "Nazi" and other Third Reich imagery and language outside of a historical or educational context. Those who disobey the proposed law could face up to six months in jail, and a fine of 100,000 shekels (roughly $30,000 Cdn).
For insight on the controversial idea, Jian speaks to Shimon Ohayon
, the Israeli politician who introduced the bill. Ohayon says symbols like the swastika and Star of David lose their meaning when they are casually thrown around, or appropriated for political reasons.
He also speaks to Haaretz journalist Allison Kaplan Sommer
who offers insight on the heated public debate sparked by the bill. Critics -- including the editors of her historic newspaper -- argue that a ban on specific words and symbols is a significant threat to freedom of expression.
What do you think? Is it wrong to use the word Nazi or other historically
loaded terms as insults or as slang? Or should freedom of speech trump even the most hurtful
use of language?
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