The Iraq’s parliament has enacted a law that makes its citizens not to have any ties with Israel, and those who violate the law will be punishable with a death sentence or life imprisonment.
"Iraq's parliament has passed a law that makes it a crime to normalise ties with Israel, and violations of the law can be punishable with a death sentence or life imprisonment", Al Jazeera English wrote on its Facebook official page.
Since the establishment of Israel in 1948, Iraq has never recognised Israel as a state and Iraqi citizens and companies are not allowed to visit Israel. In short, the two countries have had no diplomatic relations at any point.
The law is also applicable to the companies operating in the country (whether local or foreign) and are found violating the law. The legislation further applies to all Iraqis, state and independent institutions, as well as foreigners situated in the country.
The legislation is entitled “Criminalising Normalisation and Establishment of Relations with the Zionist Entity”. The law was approved yesterday with 275 parliamentarians voting in favour of it in the Iraq’s 329 parliamentary seat assembly.
The legislation was proposed by the state's influential Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr who opposes the existence of the only Jewish state, hence finding all means to end ties with Israel and its allies. The Iraqis took to the streets of Bagdad to celebrate the new achievement while chanting anti-Israel slogans.
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