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New law: 3 years prison for desecrating Israeli flag


Israel’s parliament voted in favor of an amendment to a law that will impose harsh punishments, including longer prison time and a steep fine, for individuals who desecrate Israel’s flag.

The amendment to the law pertaining to Israel’s national symbols and anthem was approved on Monday at a majority of 39 Members of Knesset (MK) in favor and 12 opposing.

The new law, presented by MK Nava Boker, set a punishment of a three year prison term instead of one year called for by the old law, and a fine of 58,400 NIS instead of just 300 Liras, a currency no longer used in Israel.

During the vote on the bill, Boker said she sought to stiffen the punishment for offensive behavior toward the flag because “only by effective


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