When you think of the Hebrew term “blessed” or “bastard,” what comes to mind is a person who is a murderer, thief, a criminal or an idolater.
Yet there is no evidence that Israel has ever banned such words from its Hebrew-speaking citizens.
But a new law passed in Israel’s Knesset on Friday prohibits any mention of such things, banning them from use in official documents and public events.
In effect, the ban applies to official state-sponsored events such as weddings and religious festivals, where the Hebrew words have become synonymous with evil, according to the head of the Ministry of Justice, Moshe Yaalon.
“It’s like saying that all the symbols of evil are forbidden,” Yaalon told Israel Radio.
“They’re forbidden to be in our society, they’re forbidden from being in our schools, and they’re banned from being on public display in our public places.
And they’re not allowed to be used in any public or private ceremony.”‘
I’m a good Jew’ A similar ban on such words was imposed in Britain in 2007 after the Jewish Telegraphic Agency published an article calling for the banning of the term “Jewish” and “Jew” as well as “Jewish people.”
A British parliamentary committee called for the ban in 2010 and in the United States in 2014, calling the Hebrew word “babushkas,” a term used to describe Palestinians, “an affront to our shared humanity.”
I’m a Jew,” a young man told the committee.
“I’m not a terrorist.
I don’t want to kill anyone.
I have a conscience.
I believe in God.”
Yaalon said the ban is not an attempt to censor the Hebrew language.
“The prohibition of words like babbushka, babbash, babushka bishas [sic] is not to censor a language.
It’s to prevent those who use it from being able to spread evil and incite hatred in a public space,” Yaaron said.
“It’s to ensure that we remain a Jewish nation and to preserve our identity.”
The ministry said the law will also allow a few exceptions.
It could be used as a basis for a court decision banning a word from public use.
The ministry said that a “biblical interpretation” of the Bible can be used to decide on such cases, but it would not comment on whether the word is the same as that of the Book of Job or the Bible.’
I would be a good Israeli citizen’ The ban on the word “Jew,” as well the ban on “babbushkas” has sparked debate among some Israeli and international commentators.
The ban came as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked both called for a ban on using the Hebrew-language words “bitch” and other derogatory terms for Palestinian women.
“You have to understand that we are talking about the worst and most despicable people, and we’re talking about people who commit genocide,” Netanyahu said in response to a question about the ban.
Shaked responded by calling for a moratorium on using “bibin,” the Hebrew name for the term.
The Hebrew word means “mother” in Hebrew, but the term is also used to refer to Palestinian women and girls.’
They’re a cancer of the minds’ The new law also includes a provision allowing for the creation of “bible textbooks” that “prohibit the use of the word ‘Jew,'” as well “the term ‘babashka’ for Jews and ‘babbashka bisas’ for Palestinians.”
It was unclear whether the new language was to be the basis for such books.
“In order to prevent the spread of evil and hatred in public space, it is necessary to create the most appropriate textbooks that protect our identity,” Yaonas said.
The law will come into force on Jan. 1.
“Israel has always respected the right of all its citizens to express their opinions in a manner consistent with their religion and belief,” he said.
But he said that this would be done in a way that was consistent with “a secular democracy.”
“We have to have the freedom of expression, which means that the state will not ban the use, nor will it ban the teaching of, any word that is hateful to anyone, including the word Jew,” Yaono said.
‘I can’t believe I’m allowed to say it’ ‘We are a nation of tolerance.
We are not a state that wants to censor any language.
We have the right to express our opinions, but I can’t even say that I’m Israeli.
I can tell you that the country I am a part of is a place of tolerance and freedom.
I am not a Palestinian, and I am Israeli.’
– Naeem Abbas, Israeli journalist article By Hoda Hameed, AFP/File – Israel’s Ministry of Information and Communications Media