This proposed law could be used to trump all freedom of speech that is critical the Israeli Government, such as the Goldstone's report which “said both Israel and Hamas were suspected of war crimes and should hold their own independent investigations. The report met with intense criticism from Israeli officials.” (here)
According to a recent Poll by the Ha’aretz newspaper the majority of respondents (57.6%) want to put a gag on freedom of speech for human rights groups that expose immoral conduct. Majority of Poll responders “favor punishing Israeli citizens who support sanctioning or boycotting the country, and support punishing journalists who report news that reflects badly on the actions of the defense establishment.” (here)
Another 82% were polled “said they back stiff penalties for people who leak illegally obtained information exposing immoral conduct by the defense establishment.” So basically wistle blowers exposing corruption or immoral behavior will be out lawed and punished by this bill if it becomes law.
Continuing with these trends “Of those who said they were right-wing, 76 percent said human rights groups should not have the right to freely publicize immoral conduct on Israel's part.” And 65% of everyone polled want the “media should be barred from publishing news that defense officials think could endanger state security, even if the news was reported abroad.” (here)
Yet, another proposed Israeli bill seeks to outlaw boycott in both the settlements and Israel. This is the “third in a series of proposed laws seeking to restrict the activities of peace activists and human rights organizations in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), has been proposed by a group of Members of Knesset.”
If passed into law the bill “will impose fines, economic sanctions and entry bans against initiators or supporters of boycott activities.” The law breakers could pay upto 30,000 NIS if found guilty, if not a citizen or resident could have entry into Israel revoked for 10 years at least, and be forbidden to carry out any action in Israeli banks accounts, in shares traded in Israel, or any other property demanding registration of transfer. See entire translation of Bill here.
This is truly a draconian proposed law which has many in Israel worried. Israel is going down the same path that led to NAZI German, Stalin Russia, and Maoist China. Just like in NAZI Germany as peoples rights where being taken away though tyranny and scapegoating, the war propaganda machines where swung into full gear to justify preemptive war and scaring the public behind the oligarchy that would rule them with an iron fist.
Finally, yet another new proposed law would require everyone to declare their loyalty to “a Jewish and democratic state" before being granted Israeli citizenship.” Adalah - the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel yesterday protested the proposed wording of the loyalty declaration, and said it “requires all non-Jews to identify with Zionism and imposes a political ideology and loyalty to the principles of Judaism and Zionism." (here)
Excuse me but is this running parallel too, and amounts to what Hitler did in NAZI Germany with his required loyalty oaths. One might argue that it goes further than Hitler, Mao, or Stalin in not just suppressing certain religions but requiring people of Muslim, Christian, or other backgrounds to swear loyalty to a religious ideology that goes counter to what their most sacred beliefs are. It’s basically a conversion by force.