Just an aside here. I tried the link to the EUMC working definition of antisemitism on this previous JSF post and the document has disappeared. So if you want a look at it try Batholomew's notes on religion.
Now, where was I? Ah yes, outlawing criticism or condemnation of the racist endeavour that is the State of Israel. Here's the Jewish Chronicle:
Parliament will be asked to consider whether the use of Nazi symbols and terms in reference to Jews, Israel and Zionism is breaking the law on incitement to racial hatred.This is utterly insane. I was just discussing this with someone on the Just Peace UK list. If the EUMC's thoroughly dishonest definition of antisemitism passes into law we will have the absurd situation where EU states amend their laws to allow Israeli war criminals to freely come and go to and from Europe whilst Israeli dissidents and oppositionists could face prosecutions in EU countries if they so much as call for the Palestinians to be allowed the right of return.
A new report by the European Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism (EISCA) has highlighted the increasing use of what it terms the “Nazi card” in antisemitic discourse and has called for a number of measures to try to combat its spread.
“Playing the Nazi card” has been defined in the report as the use of Nazi-related terms or symbols — for example intertwining the swastika with the Star of David — while negatively referring to Jews, Israel, Zionism or other aspects of what it calls the Jewish experience.
The report, which was jointly published by EISCA and the Department for Communities and Local Government, recommends that the Home Office, the Association of Chief Police officers (ACPO) and the Crown Prosecution Service should prepare new guidance for the police on whether this kind of terminology amounts to incitement.
The report says that universities and adult education colleges should be surveyed to establish how they deal with antisemitic discourse.
It also suggests that the University and College Union and the National Union of Journalists use the EU Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia’s definition of antisemitism to improve their harassment policies.