Arab MK's Sharia Blasphemy Demand on Israel

Andrew E. Harrod
This past May, Muslim Arab Member of the Knesset (MK) Ibrahim Sarsour introduced a bill in Israel's parliament that would prohibit blasphemous speech. Sarsour's demand on Israel, a model of liberal democracy, to subject herself to sharia blasphemy laws is dubious. Further, Sarsour's own provocative, even hateful, statements against fellow Israelis is further evidence that Islamist sensitivities entail no reciprocity for other groups. Sarsour described his bill, first introduced in an earlier version in 2008, as prohibiting "any offense in any form" against "religious sentiments." This would include cursing, defaming, and depicting religious books and figures such as Muhammad, Moses, and Jesus. Sarsour cited as motive a future possibility in Israel of derogatory Muhammad caricatures and soccer game chants offensive to Muslims. Concerning free speech concerns, Sarsour discerned a "clear difference between... opinions and harming religious sentiment" as a "red line" having "no...(Read Full Post)

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