Bill Prohibiting 'Racist Organizations' to Be Brought for Knesset Approval

MKs Blumenthal and Tamir initiated legislation that would comply with int'l convention on racism.

A Knesset ministerial committee on legislation Sunday approved a bill requiring "racist organizations" to be labeled as "prohibited organizations."

MKs Naomi Blumenthal (Likud) and Yuli Tamir (Labor) initiated the bill last year when they demanded Israeli legislation comply with the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.

Following the ministerial committee's approval of the legislation, the coalition is expected to support approving the law for a preliminary reading in the Knesset plenum.

The international treaty, which Israel has signed, calls on all signatory nations to make explicit legislation on specific subjects within their criminal law: the forbidding of racial incitement and the dissemination of racist ideas, forbidding violence and incitement to violence of a racial background; forbidding funding and aiding racist activities; forbidding activities by racist organizations and forbidding participation in racist activities and organizations.

The committee Sunday also recommended the creation of a list of "forbidden organizations" as well as "groups of people or parties, that in their laws or publications encourage the funding and advocating of, and incitement to, racism or racial discrimination."