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  1/1/2012, Tevet 6, 5772

Head of Holocaust Welfare Fund: Ban Yellow Star


Chairman Elazar Stern of the Welfare Fund for Holocaust Victims said, Sunday, that he would demand a law prohibiting the provocative use of Holocaust symbols. Responding to Saturday night's use in a hareidi demonstration of the yellow Star of David of the style that Jews were forced to wear during the Holocaust in Europe, he said "People who dressed their own children or who wore the yellow star in front of cameras cannot be [allowed to be] walking around free, as they scorn and hurt Holocaust survivors."

The former personnel chief of the Israel Defense Forces continued, "This is not the first time the Holocaust is being used for political gain in the state of Israel. A bill that would prohibit use of the yellow star for provocation is long overdue. Without harming freedom of expression and democracy, it is something beyond that - Nothing can be compared to the Holocaust." He concluded, "There's no way to arrest those who did it last night. Let's stop those who do it tomorrow."

Member of Knesset Yoel Hasson (Kadima) said, Sunday morning, that he would introduce such a measure.