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Israel: Prohibiting Commercial Activities in Schools

(Feb. 2, 2008) On December 25, 2007, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Prohibition on Commercial Activities in Schools Law, 5768-2007. The Law prohibits any principal of an educational institution from allowing certain activities by business owners or advertisers on the institution's premises. Such activities include entry for the purpose of advertising and sale during times when educational activity is being conducted; display and distribution of commercials; collection of students' signatures; and receipt of data identifying students and their family members. The Law authorizes a principal or other party to receive a special permit from the general manager of the Ministry of Education to allow business-related acts or advertising for a limited time period for reasons that must be registered. The general manager will provide a yearly report to the Knesset Committee for Education, Culture, and Sport on the special permits granted during the past year. (Prohibition on Commercial Activities in Schools Law and Bill, 5768-2007, the Knesset Web site (last visited Jan. 18, 2008).)