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Israel: Extradition Evidence Must be Made Available in the Hebrew Language; Appeals over Interim Decisions in Extradition Cases Must be Permitted

(May 14, 2009) On May 10, 2009, the Supreme Court held that even in the absence of an express provision in the Extradition Law and its regulations, the Government Attorney has a right to appeal interim decisions related to extradition. The Court further held that the extradition material must be submitted to the person whose […]

Israel: Supreme Court Approves Demolition of Terrorist Home

(Apr. 3, 2009) On March 18, 2009, the Supreme Court of Israel approved the demolition of the house of a suicide terrorist who killed three and injured scores of random Israeli passersby on a main street in Jerusalem. He committed the attack by deliberately using a heavy bulldozer, running over anybody who happened to be […]

United Nations: Criticism of Israel and Religions Dropped from Racism Conference Agenda

(Mar. 19, 2009) A draft resolution for the upcoming Durban Review Conference, organized by the United Nations, has reportedly been changed to drop criticism of Israel and not to include references to “defamation of religion.” According to U.N. officials, the resolution now speaks only of concern about the negative stereotyping of religions and does not […]

Israel: Gay Couple Allowed to Adopt

(Mar. 18, 2009) On March 10, 2009, the Tel Aviv family court approved a request by a gay couple, who had married in Toronto in 2004, to adopt a foster son they had raised for over 14 years, even though he has already reached the age of majority. The decision is the first to recognize […]

Israel: Protection of Witnesses

(Jan. 30, 2009) On November 5, 2008, the Knesset (Parliament) passed the Protection of Witnesses Law, 5769-2008. The Law establishes the Authority for Protection of Witnesses within the Ministry of Internal Security. The Authority will deal with protection as well as security and rehabilitation of witnesses at high risk. The Authority has the discretion to […]

Israel: Tax Exemptions for Foreign Investors, Residents of Areas Affected by Hamas Rockets

(Jan. 30, 2009) On December 29, 2008, Israel's Knesset (Parliament) passed an amendment to the Income Tax Ordinance. According to the revised law, foreign residents will be exempt from interest and foreign currency adjustment rates on stock sold in the Israeli stock market in accordance with conditions specified by law. The amendment further provides that […]

Israel: Qualifications for Participating in General Election

(Jan. 27, 2009) On January 21, 2009, the Supreme Court of Israel voided the decision of the 18th Knesset (Parliament) Central Election Committee (CEC) to disqualify two lists of Arab candidates from running in the upcoming February 10, 2009, parliamentary elections. The basis for the disqualification had been their alleged non- recognition of the State […]

Israel: Arbitration Law Amended

(Dec. 30, 2008) On November 5, 2008, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Arbitration Law, 5768-1968. The Law now provides that parties to an arbitration agreement who agreed that the arbitrator should make a determination in accordance with the Law may further agree that a request for permission to appeal may be […]

Israel: Legal Aid to Victims of Human Trafficking Offenses

(Dec. 30, 2008) On November 5, 2008, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Legal Aid Law, 5732-1972. The amendment requires the legal aid bureau to provide free legal aid to victims of offenses of abduction under conditions of slavery and human trafficking. According to the Law, in addition to legal aid, the […]

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 […]