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European Union; Israel: Agreement to Upgrade Relations

(July 2, 2008) An upgrade in Israel-European Union relations was announced in Luxembourg on June 16, 2008, during the eighth annual EU-Israel Association Council meeting, headed by Tzipi Livni, Israel's Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Dr. Dimitrij Rupel, President of the EU General Affairs and External Relations Council and Slovenian Foreign Minister. The relationship will […]

Israel: Assistance to Minors Who Are Victims of Sexual or Other Violent Offenses

(May 2, 2008) On April 2, 2008, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Assistance to Minors Who Are Victims of Sexual or Other Violent Offenses Law, 5768-2008. The Law is designed to determine by legislation the rights of minors subjected to these offenses to receipt of primary assistance in centers that will be established specifically […]

Israel: Consumer Protection

(May 2, 2008) On April 2, 2008, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Consumer Protection Law, 5741-1981. The amendment prevents an automatic extension of contractual relations between consumers and providers. It requires full awareness of the contractual time period and the expressed consent on the part of the consumer for its extension. […]

Israel: Boycott of Corporations Conducting Business with Iran

(May 2, 2008) On April 2, 2008, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a law to prohibit investments by Israeli financial institutions in corporations that maintain substantive business contacts with the Islamic Republic of Iran. Such contacts are defined as trade, financial, or other economic contacts with the Iranian government, for its benefit or in Iranian […]

Israel: Regulation of Military Reserve Service

(May 2, 2008) On April 2, 2008, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a law that defines the structure of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) reserve force and its capability and objectives. The law provides the framework for a call for reserve service and the rights and duties of reserve soldiers. The law declares that the […]

Israel: Encouragement of Incorporation and Advancement of Women in the Labor Force

(May 2, 2008) On April 2, 2008, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Encouragement of Incorporation and Advancement of Women at Work and of Adjustment of the Labor Environment to Women Law, 5768-2008. The Law is designed to bring about a change in the business culture and enhance public awareness to encourage the incorporation and […]

Israel: Prevention of Domestic Violence

(Apr. 2, 2008) On March 4, 2008, the Knesset (Parliament) passed an amendment to the Prevention of Violence in the Family Law 5751-1991. The 1991 Law authorizes the court to issue an order for the protection of an individual from a family member who has used violence or committed a sexual offense against that individual, […]

Israel: Government Financing of Election Propaganda

(Apr. 2, 2008) On March 10, 2008, the Knesset (Parliament) passed the Election (Means of Propaganda) (Amendment No. 24) Law, 5768-2008. The amendment shortens by a third the duration of free broadcasts allocated for election propaganda by radio and television; it also shortens the total broadcast period allowed from three weeks to two. The broadcasts […]

Israel: Prohibition on Smoking at Military Bases and Police Installations

(Apr. 2, 2008) On February 19, 2008, Israel's Knesset (Parliament) passed an amendment to the Prevention and Exposure to Smoking in Public Places Law, 5743-1983. Prior to the passage of the amendment, the prohibition imposed by the 1983 Law did not apply to security forces because no employee-employer relationship existed. Among those not covered by […]

Israel: Special Subsidies for Needy Elderly and Holocaust Survivors

(Apr. 2, 2008) On March 31, 2008, the Knesset (Parliament) passed the Program for Increase of Income Protection Benefits for Needy Elderly and Holocaust Survivors (Amendments) 5768-2008. The law is designed to improve the economic status of elderly persons and set arrangements for assistance to holocaust survivors. The law provides for monthly pensions to be […]