Tuesday, May 28, 2013

  • Tuesday, May 28, 2013
  • Elder of Ziyon
Anytime there is even the hint of a proposal for a law in the Knesset that could be construed as limiting Israel's freedom of the press, the media goes crazy about how Israel's democratic character is in danger. No matter that most of these bills don't pass.

Yesterday, one such bill - internal number 481373 - was proposed by MK Ibrahim Sarsur, leader of the United Arab List, proposed an amendment to Article 173 1 of the Penal Code (1977), which would criminalize insulting of religion - including "prophets, Prophet Muhammad, Prophet Moses, Prophet Jesus and holy books."

The explanation of the law makes it clear that only one religion is really supposed to be protected under this amendment:

מספר פנימי: 481373
הכנסת התשע-עשרה

יוזם: חבר הכנסת אברהים צרצור

מצטרפים: חברי הכנסת מסעוד גנאים
טלב אבו עראר

הצעת חוק העונשין (תיקון – פגיעה ברגשי דת), התשע"ג–2013

תיקון סעיף 173 1. בחוק העונשין, התשל"ז–1977 , בסעיף 173 –
(1) בפסקה (2), המילים "פגיעה גסה" – יימחקו;
(2) האמור בו יסומן (א) ואחריו יבוא:
"(ב) בסעיף זה –
"אמונתו" – לרבות הנביאים, הנביא מחמד, הנביא משה, הנביא ישו וספרי קודש;

דברי הסבר
לאחרונה מתרבים הניסיונות לפגוע במישרין או בעקיפין ברגשותיהם הדתיים של המגזרים השונים בכלל, ובמוסלמים בפרט. עיקר הפגיעה מתבטא בקללות פוגעניות והשמצות למיניהן נגד הנביאים. לפיכך נוצר צורך להבהיר שקללה והשמצה היא פגיעה באמונתם וברגשותיהם הדתיים של אחרים.
בנוסף לכך, ניסיון לפרסם תמונה או קריקטורה של הנביא מחמד היא פגיעה קשה ברגשות המוסלמי המאמין, מאחר וההלכה המוסלמית מונעת ואוסרת כל פרסום של תמונה ושל קריקטורה או כל ניסיון לגלם או להמחיש את דמותו של הנביא מחמד עליו השלום, קל וחומר כשמודבר בקללות, ציורים או קריקטורות, שמעמידות את המוסלמים ואת סמליהם הקדושים באור שלילי ביותר.
הגיע הזמן לשים קץ לכל התופעות האלה שעלולות לקעקע את יסודות הדתות השונות, ומתגבר הצורך לשמור על יחסי כבוד בין דתות, תרבויות ואמונות שונות.
הצעת חוק זהה הונחה על שולחן הכנסת השמונה-עשרה על ידי חבר הכנסת אברהים צרצור וקבוצת חברי הכנסת (פ/1024/18; הוסרה מסדר היום ביום ה' בשבט התש"ע (20 בינואר 2010)).

הוגשה ליו"ר הכנסת והסגנים
והונחה על שולחן הכנסת ביום
י"ח בסיוון התשע"ג – 27.5.13

Detail of The Last Judgment by Giovanni da Modena (15th century)
Recently there have been increasing attempts to directly or indirectly harm the religious feelings of the different sectors in general and Muslims in particular. Most of the damage is reflected in curses and slurs and various offenses against the prophets. Hence there is a need to clarify that a curse and slander is an injury to their faith and the religious feelings of others.

Also, any attempt to publish a picture or cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad hurts the feelings of believing Muslims very much, since Islamic law prevents and prohibits any display of a photo and cartoon or any attempt to embody or illustrate the character of the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him,not to mention curses, drawings or cartoons that place the Muslims and their holy symbols in a very negative light.

It's time to put an end to all these phenomena that may undermine the foundations of different religions; there is a growing need to maintain respectful relations between religions, cultures and beliefs.

So where is the outrage?

(h/t Gidon Shaviv)

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