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Israel: New Law Authorizes Blocking Telephone Numbers to Prevent Offenses

(Apr. 26, 2018) On March 12, 2018, the Knesset (Israel’s Parliament) passed legislation authorizing cellular phone providers to block telephone numbers that are “publicly advertised for the purpose of committing an offense.” (Blocking a Telephone Number for Prevention of Committing Offenses Law, 5778-2018, § 2(a), SEFER HAHUKIM (BOOK OF LAWS, official gazette) 5778 No. 2711 […]

Israel: Supreme Court Orders Sex-Offense Suspect Arrested Pending Decision on Extradition to Australia

(Mar. 27, 2018) On March 18, 2018, Israel’s Supreme Court ordered the arrest of Malka Leifer (the respondent), a former principal of a Jewish girls’ school in Melbourne, Australia, until a decision is made in her case regarding an extradition request by Australia. (Request 2003/18 Attorney General v. Malka Leifer, STATE OF ISRAEL: THE JUDICIAL […]

Israel: New Law Restricts Use of Cash

(Mar. 27, 2018) On March 12, 2018, the Knesset (Israel’s Parliament) gave final approval for the Minimizing Use of Cash Bill, 5778-2018. The bill provides a monetary ceiling above which dealing in Israeli legal tender or in foreign currency in cash is prohibited. The restrictions will generally enter into effect on January 1, 2019. (Minimizing […]

Israel: Supreme Court Grants Temporary Injunction Ordering Israeli Bank to Provide Banking Services to Bitcoin-Related Account

(Mar. 16, 2018) On February 25, 2018, Israel’s Supreme Court issued a temporary injunction prohibiting a bank from blocking activities in an account, held by a company trading in bitcoin, until an appeal over the district court ruling recognizing the legitimacy of a permanent authorization for such blockage has been decided. (CA 6389/17 Bits of […]

Israel: Supreme Court Holds Threat of Suicide Not a Criminal Offense

(Feb. 15, 2018) On January 17, 2018, Israel’s Supreme Court unanimously overturned the conviction of an appellant who had threatened to take her own life and been charged with committing a criminal threat under § 192 of the Penal Law, 5737-1977. The Court opinion was issued by Justice Dafna Barak-Erez, with Justices Uzi Vogelman and […]

Israel: Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Constitutionality of FATCA’s Implementation

(Jan. 25, 2018) On January 2, 2018, Israel’s Supreme Court, sitting as a High Court of Justice, issued its reasoning for its decision of September 12, 2016, rejecting a petition challenging the constitutionality of the Income Tax Ordinance (Amendment No. 227) Law, 5776-2016 (Amendment Law). The main decision was rendered by Justice Hanan Melcer, with […]

Israel: Restrictions on Ceding Areas in Jerusalem Municipality to Foreign Entities

(Jan. 5, 2018) On January 2, 2018, the Knesset (Israel’s Parliament) passed an amendment to Basic Law: Jerusalem Capital of Israel, defining the territory over which delegation of powers by the Israeli government to “a foreign political or governing power, or to another similar foreign authority” is prohibited. (Basic Law: Jerusalem Capital of Israel (Amendment […]

Israel: New Law Defines Factors for Approving Employment on the Sabbath

(Jan. 5, 2018) On December 26, 2017, the Knesset (Israel’s Parliament) passed a law detailing conditions for approval of employment on the Sabbath. (Hours of Work and Rest Law (Amendment No. 16) Law, 5778-2017 (the Amendment Law).  (SEFER HAHUKIM [BOOK OF LAWS, SH] 5778 No. 2675 p. 73, RESHUMOT [OFFICIAL GAZETTE] (enter 2675 in upper left box […]

Israel: State Not Authorized to Block Release of Terrorists’ Bodies to Families

(Dec. 28, 2017) On December 14, 2017, Israel’s Supreme Court, sitting as a High Court of Justice, by a two-to-one majority accepted petitions against the State’s holding the bodies of perpetrators of terrorist acts to enable future negotiations on the release of Israeli prisoners and bodies held by terrorist organizations. (HCJ 4466/16 Alian v. IDF […]

Israel: Implementation of Status of Forces Agreement with Greece

(Dec. 21, 2017) On November 20, 2017, the Knesset (Israel’s Parliament) passed the Law for Implementation of the Agreement Between the State of Israel and the Government of the Republic of Greece Regarding the Status of Their Forces, 5778-2017 (the Law) (SEFER HAHUKIM [BOOK OF LAWS, SH] 5778 No. 2671 p. 44, RESHUMOT [OFFICIAL GAZETTE] (enter  2671 […]