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Israel: Supreme Court Holds Eligibility of Knesset Member Facing Serious Offenses Indictment to Form Government Is Justiciable but Not Before Election

(Jan. 6, 2020) On January 2, 2020, the Supreme Court of Israel, sitting as a High Court of Justice, unanimously rejected a petition that the Court declare it illegal for a member of the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) facing indictment for offenses of moral turpitude to form a government, or alternatively, order the attorney general to […]

Israel: Supreme Court Approves Deportation of Human Rights Watch Representative for BDS Support

(Dec. 5, 2019) On November 5, 2019, Israel’s Supreme Court rejected an appeal against an administrative court judgment approving the minister of interior’s decision not to renew the employment visa of the second appellant, Omar Shakir. The majority opinion was written by Justice Neal Hendel, with justices Noam Solberg and Yael Willner concurring. (AdminA 2966/19 […]

Israel: Supreme Court Rejects Russian Hacker’s Petition Against Extradition to US

(Dec. 3, 2019) On November 10, 2019, the Supreme Court of Israel sitting as a High Court of Justice unanimously rejected a petition to void the minister of justice’s authorization to extradite the petitioner, Alexei Burkov, to the United States. The Court similarly rejected the petitioner’s alternative request to require the United States to commit […]

Israel: Family Court Rejects Request to Register Same-Sex Spouse of Biological Parent as a Third Parent or an Additional Guardian

(Nov. 14, 2019) On October 22, 2019, the Lod Central-District Court rejected a request to register a woman as the third parent of her same-sex spouse’s biological children or alternatively appoint her as a guardian of the children in addition to their biological parents. (Family Appeal 52550-10-18 Anonymous v. Anonymous (decision rendered Oct. 22, 2029, by […]

Israel: Court Rejects Mother’s Request to Rename Child Against Father’s Will

(Nov. 8, 2019) On October 4, 2019, the Nazareth Family Court in Israel rejected a mother’s request to add an additional first name to her minor daughter’s name against the will of her father. The minor’s parents are divorced. (File No. 53030-09-17 C.S. v. Y.A. (decision by Deputy Court President Asaf Zaguri, Oct. 4, 2019, […]

Israel: Family Court Recognizes Right to Adopt for a Man and a Woman “Known to the Public as Married”

(Oct. 31, 2019) On September 17, 2019, the deputy president of the Be’er Sheva Family Court approved the adoption of a minor by a heterosexual unmarried couple the Court determined to be “known to the public as married.” Israeli law does not recognize common-law marriage. Cohabitation and evidence of sharing life together as a husband […]

Israel: Supreme Court Holds Critical Parody of Nespresso Commercials Do Not Violate Copyright or Trademarks

(Sept. 5, 2019) On August 7, 2019, Israel’s Supreme Court upheld the Tel Aviv District Court’s decision to dismiss a claim by Nestle Nespresso (the appellant) that the Israeli coffee company Espresso Club (the respondent) had violated Nespresso’s copyright and trademark by broadcasting several commercials referencing its own ads. Nespresso had also alleged that the […]

Israel: Central Elections Committee Issues Rules for Recording and Photographing at Polling Stations on Election Day

(Aug. 29, 2019) On August 26, 2019, Israel’s Central Elections Committee (CEC), headed by Chairman Hanan Melcer, deputy president of the Supreme Court, addressed the legality of placing cameras and photographing at polling stations in the upcoming elections for the 22nd Knesset (Israel’s parliament) scheduled for September 17, 2019. (File 7/22 Adalah, Legal Center for […]

Israel: Supreme Court Rules Interim Government May Not Appoint Public Officials in the Absence of Essential Urgent Needs

(Aug. 23, 2019) On August 19, 2019, Israel’s Supreme Court ordered the appointment of Ophir Cohen as director general of the Ministry of Justice to be put on hold until the minister of justice explains why his removal of Amy Palmor, the former director general of the Ministry who had served in that role for […]

Israel: New Categories of Killing Offenses Go into Effect

(Aug. 9, 2019) On July 10, 2019, new penal law categories of offenses causing death went into effect, replacing the former categories that previously applied. (Penal Law (Amendment No. 137), 5779-2019, Sefer HaHukim [SH] 5779 No. 2779 p. 230 (Amendment Law), amending Penal Law, 5733-1977, SH 5733 No. 864 p. 226, as amended, as applied […]