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Israel: Access to Public Internet Services for Persons with Disabilities

(Dec. 27, 2016) On October 6, 2016, the Minister of Justice of Israel, in accordance with her authority under the Law for Equal Rights for Persons with Disabilities, 5757-1998, issued an amendment to regulations issued under that Law. Accordingly, public service providers are required to complete any adjustments to make available to persons with disabilities […]

Israel: Representation of Haredi and New Immigrants in Public Service and on Boards of Directors of Government Companies

(Dec. 21, 2016) On December 12, 2016, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) passed the Law for Proper Representation of Members of the Haredi Population and of New Immigrants in Public Service (Amendments), 5777-2016.  (Proper Representation Law, Knesset website (scroll down to issue no. 634) (in Hebrew).) The Proper Representation Law amends the State Service (Appointments) Law, […]

Israel: Naturalization Procedures for Gay and Non-Gay Partners to Be Harmonized

(Dec. 9, 2016) On December 8, 2016, Israel’s Attorney General, Avichai Mandelblit, announced that the government would make the procedures for naturalization of gay partners of Israeli nationals the same as those for non-gay partners.  Mandelblit’s announcement was made in response to a petition filed with the High Court of Justice by the Israeli Gay […]

Israel: Financial Disclosure Requirements Imposed on Senior Public Officials

(Dec. 6, 2016) On November 7, 2016, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) passed the Public Service (Assets Declaration) Law, 5777-2016 (SEFER HAHUKIM [BOOK OF LAWS, the official gazette, SH] 5756 No.2584, p. 4, Knesset website (last visited Nov. 30, 2016) (in Hebrew)).  The Law imposes a duty on any person defined as a holder of a […]

Israel: Supreme Court Rejects Government Request to Further Delay Eviction of Settlement Built on Land Privately Owned by Palestinians

(Nov. 25, 2016) On November 14, 2016, Israel’s Supreme Court rejected a government request to further delay implementation of the Court’s December 25, 2014, order requiring the eviction of the West Bank settlement Amona within two years.  The Court ordered the eviction having decided that the settlement had been built on Palestinians’ private lands without […]

Israel: Law Authorizing Force-Feeding of Prisoners Held Constitutional

(Oct. 5, 2016) On September 11, 2016, Israel’s Supreme Court rejected a petition by the Israeli Medical Association (IMA) and various human rights organizations to declare void legislation passed by the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) in July 2015, authorizing force-feeding of prisoners on a hunger strike. (HC 5304/15 IMA v. Israel Knesset (Sept. 11, 2016), STATE […]

Israel: Precedent Decision Defining the Offense of Holding a Person Under Conditions of Servitude

(Sept. 19, 2016) On September 9, 2016, Israel’s Supreme Court rejected an appeal of a decision by the Jerusalem District Court to convict a Jerusalem couple (the appellants) of “holding [a person] under conditions of servitude,” an offense provided for under a 2006 amendment to the Penal Law, 1977. (Crim.A 6237/12 Ibrahim and Basma Giulani […]

Israel: Labor Court Orders Compensation for Age-Based Discrimination

(Sept. 7, 2016) On August 21, 2016, the Regional Labor Court in Tel Aviv Yafo accepted a suit for compensation for unlawful dismissal of an employee in violation of the prohibition on age discrimination under Israel’s Equal Opportunities in Labor Law (EOL Law), 5748-1988. (Sefer HaHukim [BOOK OF LAWS, the official gazette] No. 1240 p. […]

Israel: Gay Couple Recognized as Parents Without Genetic Testing

(Aug. 30, 2016) On August 7, 2016, the Tel Aviv Yafo Family Court recognized for the first time, without genetic testing, the parentage of a child born to a gay couple from a surrogate mother abroad. While determining that the plaintiffs had successfully proved their parentage by other means, the court held that by refusing […]

Israel: Mandatory Period for Cancellation of Transactions by Certain Persons

(Aug. 17, 2016) On July 26, 2016, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) passed the Consumer Protection (Amendment No. 47) Law 5776-2016. (Amendment No. 47, SEFER HAHUKIM [BOOK OF LAWS, the official gazette, SH] 5756 No. 2569, p. 1094, as amended, available online at RESHUMOT (the official gazette), Ministry of Justice website (search for Issue No. 2569, […]