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Israel: Military Court Decision on Killing Neutralized Palestinian Assailant

(Jan. 26, 2017) On January 4, 2017, Israel’s Military Court for the Central District unanimously convicted an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) sergeant (the defendant) of manslaughter for lethally shooting a Palestinian assailant in violation of section 298 of the Penal Law. The Court further convicted the defendant of “unbecoming conduct” under section 130 of the […]

Israel: New Criteria Adopted for Possession and Carrying of Firearms

(Jan. 6, 2017) In December 2016, Israel’s Minister of Public Security, Gilad Erdan, approved an updated list of criteria for bearing and possessing firearms. (Instructions Regarding Preliminary Requirements for Licensing of Firearms and Criteria for Granting Individual Licenses (updated Dec. 2016), Ministry of Public Security website (in Hebrew) (click on first link on left).) Israeli […]

Israel: Parents Cannot Use Late Son’s Frozen Sperm Against Widow’s Will

(Jan. 5, 2017) On December 22, 2016, Israel’s Supreme Court accepted an appeal against a decision of the Center-Lod District Court that had declared that half of 19 tubes of frozen sperm extracted from a man shortly after his death upon the request of his widow belonged to his parents. The appeal was lodged by the […]

Israel: Supreme Court Authorizes Extension of Amona’s Evacuation Deadline

(Dec. 28, 2016) On December 22, 2016, Israel’s Supreme Court granted the state’s request to extend the deadline for the evacuation of Amona, an unauthorized West Bank Jewish outpost that the Court had previously determined to have been built on land owned by individual Palestinians.  The 45-day delay beyond the December 25, 2016, deadline for […]

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 […]