an Algerian national flag flying during a demonstration against ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika in the capital Algiers
The Algerian national flag in the capital Algiers
Photo: AFP
The Algerian national flag in the capital Algiers

Bill by Algerian lawmaker looks to criminalize promoting peace with Israel

If law is passed, offenders could face up to 15-year imprisonment, high fines and may have their professional accreditations rescinded as part of punitive measures

i24NEWS |
Published: 01.05.21 , 22:23
An Algerian lawmaker announced in a social media post that she intends to submit a bill to parliament seeking to criminalize "the... promotion of normalization with the Zionist entity," referring to Israel, Algerian media outlets reported late last month.
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  • In a message posted on her Facebook page, Amira Selim said that the bill aims to "prevent the promotion of normalization with the Zionist entity through mass media and social media, to the National People’s Assembly (Parliament).”
     an Algerian national flag flying during a demonstration against ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika in the capital Algiers an Algerian national flag flying during a demonstration against ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika in the capital Algiers
    The Algerian national flag in the capital Algiers
    (Photo: AFP)
    “This law is based on the positions of the Algerian state that rejects normalization with the Zionist entity, especially since normalization seriously affected the issue of Western Sahara through political bargaining, with commercial justifications and suspicious deals,” she added.
    If the law is passed, an offender could be "punished by imprisonment from three to 10 years," and may have their professional accreditations rescinded as a punitive measure.
    Offenders may also be subject to a fine ranging from 300,000 to one million dinars ($2,273 to $7,619).
    Member of the Algerian Parliament, Amira SelimMember of the Algerian Parliament, Amira Selim
    Algerian Parliament Member Amira Selim
    (Photo: Facebook)
    The penalty can be extended to 15 years and the fine doubled in the event of a repeat offense," Selim notes.
    The development comes as neighboring nation Morocco announced at the end of December the resumption of its diplomatic relations with the Jewish state via a US-brokered normalization deal.

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