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By Khaled Schmitt, IOL Correspondent
BERLIN, November 30 (IslamOnline.net) - The German parliament (Bundestag) will debate and vote Tuesday, December 2, on a new draft law penalizing anti-Semitism in the country, reported a leading German newspaper on Sunday, November 30.
The preamble of the proposed legislation vocalizes concern over spiraling anti-Jews activities in different sectors of the society after they had been confined to small far-right groups, reported the Frankfurter Allgemeinen Zeitung.
According to the paper, the articles of the new bill, drafted by lawmakers from the various political parties represented in the legislature, will condemn anti-Semitism and penalize all its forms - ideas, statements or activities.
A specific article of the law will implicitly carry the possibility of politically isolating any politician indicted of anti-Semitic charges, said the newspaper.
It states that politicians who attempt to create a new framework for propagating Nazism, cast doubts on the crimes perpetrated by Nazis against Jews or place the society and Jews at a clash course have no place inside the society. [Can summary executions be far behind? FB]
The bill also exhorts all German lawmakers to exert their utmost efforts and shoulder their responsibilities in persistently reminding the German people of the so-called Holocausts.
The parliamentarians are also asked to work tirelessly to normalize the situation of Jews in Germany by opposing water-tight and around-the-clock security procedures around Jews facilities in the country.
Daim Agueler, a legislator of a Turkish origin and one of the bill drafters, called on the government of Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder to conduct a comprehensive survey of anti-Semitism across Europe, not only Germany.
Agueler, a member of the Free Democratic Party (FDP) leadership council, stressed that the findings of the study must be published in full.
Germany became the second European country, after France, to seek a legislation penalizing anti-Semitism.
In a speech to constituents on the 13th anniversary of German reunification on October 3, Martin Hohmann, a Christian Democratic Union (CDU) lawmaker, likened bloodshed orchestrated by Jews during the Russian revolution to the murder of Jews in the Holocaust.
"Jews were active in great numbers in the leadership as well as in the Cheka (Soviet secret police) firing squads," he said.
"Thus one could describe Jews with some justification as a Tätervolk." (a word roughly translated by world media as race of perpetrators).
Israeli Ambassador in Berlin Shimon Stein and leaders of the Jewish community in German have lobbied for stripping Hohmann of his parliamentary seat and expelling him from the CDU party.
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