Citing Islamic prohibition Arab MKs want Israel’s penal code to ban drawings of prophets, … punishable by one year in prison

Source: israelhayom.com | Israel Hayom Staff

Arab MKs want Israel’s penal code to ban drawings of prophets, citing an Islamic prohibition • New bill would make the portrayal of Muhammad, Moses and Jesus punishable by one year in prison and would outlaw the degradation of scripture.

An anti-U.S. protest in Afghanistan last year over a film that portrayed the Prophet Muhammad | Photo credit: AFP

Under Israeli law, a person whose actions are “crudely offensive” towards a religion and its believers is liable to one-year prison sentence. The new bill, which is an amendment to the Israeli penal code, would make the law less open to interpretation by omitting the word “crudely” and specifying some of the instances where the stipulated punishment would be applicable, such as the drawing of the Prophet Muhammad.

The language of the bill, which is the latest iteration of a bill first drafted in 2008, also makes it illegal to denigrate Moses, Jesus and various religious scriptures.

“The publication of a cartoon that depicts the Prophet Muhammad (saw)… read the rest @ israelhayom.com

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