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Not a matter of "a free speech exception for hate speech"

Reader comment on item: How Trump Put Netanyahu in an Untenable Position
in response to reader comment: I beg to differ

Submitted by Anon. (Israel), Aug 17, 2019 at 18:28

Nobody is suggesting they ought to be arrested (which is what such an exemption ultimately leads to, which is why we see citizens getting into trouble with the law for speaking freely in several countries due to 'hate speech' provisions), so the entire issue of "free speech" hardly applies. This is rather similar to when an Islamist Israeli was going to be banned from visiting the U.K. He told the press that "even Israel" allows him to speak but that the UK does not.

However Israel had to allow him to speak because he is entitled to speak freely in Israel without fear and Israel can hardly bar an Israeli from entering the country. He was not a citizen of the UK, which was perfectly within its rights in trying to ban him.


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