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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 […]

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 […]