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Israel: National Health Insurance Coverage for Autistic Children

(Dec. 24, 2008) On November 5, 2008, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the National Health Insurance Law. According to the amendment, minors under 18 years of age who have been diagnosed with autism are entitled to treatment by a multi-disciplinary team with expertise in the area of child development. Insurance coverage is […]

Israel: Environmentally Friendly Urban Planning

(Dec. 24, 2008) On November 5, 2008, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Planning and Building Law, 5725-1965. The purpose of the amendment is to emphasize the significance of careful development of open areas and to both ensure preservation of existing open areas and allocate more such places in populated urban areas. […]

Israel: Shipping Security

(Oct. 9, 2008) On August 20, 2008, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed a law on the protection of international navigation and maritime installations. According toexplanatory notes about the bill, the law was designed to implement the 1988 Rome Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts Against the Safety of Maritime Navigation and the Protocol for […]

Israel: Supreme Court Allows Minor’;s Move to Germany, Subject to Conditions

(Oct. 8, 2008) On October 2, 2008, the Supreme Court of Israel accepted an appeal on a decision of the Tel-Aviv District Court to prohibit the return of a mother to Germany accompanied by her minor child. The Court approved the relocation of the minor subject to the conditions that the mother would travel to […]

Israel: Revocation of Citizenship

(Sept. 8, 2008) On July 28, 2008, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Nationality Law (Amendment No. 9, 5768-2008). The amendment regulates the revocation of Israeli citizenship in cases specified by law. The main significance of the amendment is the transfer of the authority to revoke citizenship from the Minister of Interior to the Court […]

Israel: Detention of Unlawful Combatants

(Sept. 8, 2008) On July 30, 2008, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed an amendment to the Detention of Unlawful Combatants Law, 5762-1992. The original law defines an “unlawful combatant” as a person who participated in hostile actions against the State of Israel, either directly or indirectly, or belonged to a force that conducts activities that […]

Israel: Prohibition of Violence in Sports

(Sept. 8, 2008) On July 30, 2008, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Prohibition of Violence in Sports Law, 5768-2008. The Law incorporates provisions previously applicable only to soccer and basketball based on specific amendments of the Safety in Public Places Law, 5723-1962. The Law is designed to improve law enforcement and eliminate violence in […]

Israel: Prohibition on Unsolicited Junk Mail

(July 2, 2008) On May 27, 2008, the Knesset (parliament) passed an amendment to the Telecommunication Law, 5742-1982. The amendment has a direct impact on communications between companies and other organizations and their clients. The amendment prohibits advertisers from transmitting, via fax, automatic dialing and electronic messages like Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) or Short Messaging […]

Israel: Preferential Treatment for Veterans in Dorms

(July 2, 2008) On June 17, 2008, the Knesset (Parliament) passed an amendment to the Absorption of Veterans Law, 5754-1994. The amendment authorizes academic institutions, including universities, to give preference, when evaluating eligibility for residence in dorms and other economic benefits, to students who served in the army. The amendment was designed to “reflect the […]

Israel: Whistleblowers’; Protection

(July 2, 2008) On June 17, 2008, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Protection of Workers (Disclosure of Offenses and Harm to Integrity or to Proper Administration) Law (Amendment No. 2), 5768-2008. The amendment was designed to further protect workers who report violations of the law and ethics, by strengthening appropriate civil and criminal enforcement […]