Chamber of Deputies approves draft bill on preventing and combating anti-Semitism

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The Chamber of Deputies approved on Wednesday the draft bill regarding the measures to prevent and combat anti-Semitism, by 257 votes for and one abstention.

According to the bill, “anti-Semitism means the perception of the Jews, expressed as hatred against them, as well as verbal or physical manifestations of hatred against the Jews, directed against Jews or non-Jews or against their properties, against the institutions of the Jewish communities or against the places of worship.”

The legislative proposal provides the punishment by 3 to 10 years of imprisonment for deeds such as the establishment of an anti-Semitic organisation, but also the adherence or support in any form of such an organization.

The draft also states that the person’s deed to publicly promote, in any way, anti-Semitic ideas, conceptions or doctrines is a crime and is punished by imprisonment by 3 months to 3 years and the banning of certain rights.

“Distributing or making available to the public of the anti-Semitic material, by any means, are an offense and are punishable by imprisonment from one to five years and the prohibition of certain rights. The manufacture, selling, spreading and holding for the distribution of anti-Semitic symbols are punishable by imprisonment from 3 months to 3 years and the banning of certain rights. The same punishment is also sanctioned the public use of anti-Semitic symbols. These offences are not considered crimes, if they are committed in the interest of art or science, research or education or for the purpose of debating public interest issues,” the draft law reads.

The draft was adopted by the Senate, and the Chamber of Deputies is a decision-making body in this case.


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