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Israel: Law Granting Government Special Authorities to Combat Novel Coronavirus Adopted

(July 29, 2020) On July 23, 2018, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) passed the Special Authorities to Combat the Novel Coronavirus (Temporary Provision) Law, 5780-2020. The law will remain in effect until June 30, 2021. (Special Authorities Law § 50.) Declaration of State of Emergency due to the Novel Coronavirus The law authorizes the government to declare […]

Israel: New Definition of “Recovery” from COVID-19 Reduces Number of Required Tests

(July 28, 2020) On July 21, 2020, Israel’s Ministry of Health (MOH) adopted a new directive providing criteria for approving the termination of COVID-19 patients’ isolation based on time segments instead of the previously required medical testing. Until the adoption of the new directive, patients suffering from COVID-19 symptoms were required to undergo a minimum […]

Israel: Law for Compensation and Assistance to Passengers for Cancellation or Flight Changes Due to Covid-19 Adopted

(July 20, 2020) On July 13, 2020, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) adopted a temporary amendment that affects the consumer rights of air travelers whose flights were cancelled or changed during the period of March 1, 2020, to August 31, 2020, in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic. (Aviation Services (Compensation and Assistance for Cancellation or Changing […]

Israel: Supreme Court Voids Law Legalizing Settlements Built on Unauthorized and Privately Owned Land in West Bank

(July 14, 2020) On June 9, 2020, the Supreme Court of Israel, sitting as a High Court of Justice, ruled 8–1 to accept a petition against the constitutionality of the Law on the Regulation of Settlement in Judea and Samaria, 5777-2017 (Feb. 13, 2017). The majority opinion was rendered by Court President Justice Esther Hayut, […]

Israel: Ministry of Health Issues Guidelines on Use of Cameras in COVID-19 Hospital Units

(Apr. 28, 2020) On April 6, 2020, Israel’s Ministry of Health (MOH) issued the Camera-Corona Directive (CCD), providing guidelines for the use of cameras in hospital units caring for COVID-19 patients. According to the CCD, care for coronavirus patients requires rigorous patient monitoring as the condition of such patients can deteriorate rapidly. Their treatment also […]

Israel: Supreme Court Again Rejects Petition for Court to Rule on Indicted Knesset Member’s Eligibility for Prime Ministership

(Apr. 20, 2020) On April 12, 2020, the Supreme Court of Israel, sitting as a High Court of Justice, unanimously rejected a petition that the Court determine whether a member of Knesset (Israel’s parliament) who had been indicted for an offense of moral turpitude is eligible to serve as prime minister (PM), and whether the […]

Israel: Live Broadcasting of Supreme Court Hearing Authorized During COVID-19 Emergency

(Apr. 16, 2020) On April 13, 2020, Supreme Court President Justice Esther Hayut approved an experimental live broadcast of a hearing before the Supreme Court sitting as a High Court of Justice. The hearing, scheduled for April 16, 2020, involves petitions questioning the validity of authorization granted to the Israel Security Agency (ISA) and the […]

Israel: Videoconferencing Pilot in Civil Trials Authorized due to COVID-19 Pandemic

(Apr. 14, 2020) On April 2, 2020, the Israel Judicial Authority announced the implementation of a pilot program using videoconferencing in civil hearings on a limited basis. The program precedes the implementation of new civil procedures regulations effective September 5, 2020, that will regulate the use of technological means to replace the physical presence of […]

Israel: COVID-19 Social Distancing Requirements Tightened

(Apr. 1, 2020) A new amendment toughening existing social distancing requirements in Israel in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak went into effect on March 31, 2020. (Emergency Regulations (Novel Coronavirus – Limitations on Activity (Amendment No. 2), 5780-2020 (all citations to the regulations are to the amended regulations).) The amended regulations will be in […]