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Israeli trademark fines rise in wake of Gaza crisis

Israeli and Palestinian trademarks have been fined more than $500,000 for using a derogatory term, and Palestinian artists have been slapped with fines of up to $100,000, according to a new report from the Israeli rights group B’Tselem.

The penalties come after a two-week long wave of vandalism targeting Israeli and Palestinians artworks.

“It is a slap in the face to all those who have stood up to defend their right to use words in the name of freedom of expression,” said B’Ariel Shemesh, an activist who has worked on behalf of the group since it began in 2015.

“We need to remember that the Palestinian Authority and the Israeli government are not above any kind of violation of our right to speak, and that we are entitled to defend ourselves.”

The report, published on Wednesday, was the latest in a string of cases targeting Palestinian and Israeli artworks, some of which have been damaged, according Toarim, a news site that covers Israeli and international events.

Some of the cases were filed on the eve of a scheduled visit by US Secretary of State John Kerry to Israel, who has called for peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

In a statement, Kerry said he was “deeply concerned by the escalating wave of anti-Israel acts and acts of vandalism that are occurring in Israel and Palestine.”

He called for an end to the “insulting” rhetoric and said that the United States “will not be intimidated by those who would harm our fellow citizens, particularly in the context of the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”

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