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Israel: Supreme Court Orders Release of Ship Captured Attempting to Break Gaza Blockade

(Aug. 10, 2016) On August 8, 2016, the Supreme Court of Israel rejected an appeal by the state against the Haifa District Court’s decision not to allow confiscation of the ship Estelle. Instead, the Court ordered the release of the ship to its owners.  (CA7307/14 State of Israel v. the Ship Estelle (Aug. 8, 2016), […]

Israel: Uniformity of Student Personal Injury Insurance

(Aug. 5, 2016) On July 26, 2016, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) passed the Personal Injury Insurance for Students (Amendment) Law, 5776-2016 (Amendment Law) (Knesset website (scroll down and click on issue No. 649 to view) (in Hebrew)).  The Amendment Law amends the Mandatory Education Law and the Municipalities Ordinance. (Mandatory Education Law, 5709-1949 (as amended) […]

Israel: Criminalization of Incitement of Volunteer Soldiers to Defect

(July 28, 2016) On July 12, 2016, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) passed the Penal Law (Amendment No. 127) (Incitement of Defection of a Person Who Volunteered for an Armed Force) 5776-2016. (Amendment No. 127, SEFER HAHUKIM [BOOK OF LAWS, the official gazette, SH] 5756 No. 2561, p. 140, as amended, Knesset website (last visited July […]

Israel: Laws Authorize Expulsion of Lawmakers Engaged in Incitement to Racism or Support of Armed Struggle Against the State

(July 21, 2016) On July 20, 2016, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) passed the Basic Law: the Knesset (Amendments No. 44) (BLK), and the Knesset Law (Amendment No. 43) (KL), both dated 5776-2016.  (Knesset website (click on Issue No. 216 (last visited July 20, 2016) (both laws in Hebrew); Basic Law: the Knesset, (5718 – 1958), […]

Israel: Law Authorizes Preventing Harassment of Emergency Centers

(July 21, 2016) On March 30, 2016, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) passed the Prevention of Harassment of Emergency Centers Law, 5776-2016.  (SEFER HAHUKIM [BOOK OF LAWS, the official gazette] 5776 No. 2552, p. 878, Knesset website  (last visited July 19, 2016) (in Hebrew).) The Law authorizes emergency centers to block the access of a telephone […]

Israel: Disclosure Requirements for Organizations Funded by Foreign Political Entities

(July 19, 2016) On July 11, 2016, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) passed the Duty of Disclosure [for a Body] Supported by a Foreign Political Entity (Amendment) Law, 5776-2016 (Amendment Law), thereby amending a law on the topic enacted in 2011 (Disclosure Law). (Amendment Law, 5776-2016, available at the Knesset website (unofficial text, click on the […]

Israel: New Comprehensive Counterterrorism Legislation Adopted

(July 15, 2016) On June 15, 2016, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) passed the Combatting Terrorism Law, 5776-2016.  (Combatting Terrorism Law, 5776-2016, SEFER HAHUKIM [BOOK OF LAWS, the official gazette] 5776 No. 2556, p. 898, available at the Knesset website (last visited July 13, 2016) (in Hebrew).) The Law gives law enforcement authorities criminal and administrative […]

Israel: Penalty for Priests Who Commit Sex Offenses Against Persons Being Counseled

(June 14, 2016) On March 30, 2016, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) passed an amendment to the Penal Law, 5737-1977, to penalize religious priests who commit sexual offenses against vulnerable persons. (Penal Law (Amendment No. 122) 5776-2016 (Amendment Law), §§ 1 & 2, SEFER HAHUKIM [BOOK OF LAWS, the official gazette, SH] 5776 No. 2546, p. […]

Israel: New Rules on Medical Care of a Minor Victimized by Parent

(June 14, 2016) On March 29, 2016, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) passed an amendment to the Patient’s Rights Law that obviates the need for parental consent and delivery of medical information in certain cases of the medical treatment of minors. (Patient’s Rights Law (Amendment No. 9), 5776-2016 (Amendment Law), SEFER HAHUKIM [BOOK OF LAWS, the […]

Israel: Law Prohibiting Human Cloning Amended

(June 7, 2016) On May 23, 2016, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) passed the Prohibition on Genetic Intervention (Human Cloning and Genetic Change in Reproductive Cells) (Amendment No. 3), 5776- 2016. (Amendment Law, Knesset website (in Hebrew).) The Amendment Law amends the Prohibition on Genetic Intervention (Human Cloning and Genetic Change in Reproductive Cells) Law 5759-1999.  […]