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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 […]

Israel: Court Blocks Access to 1,700 Pedophilia Websites

(Aug. 8, 2019) On June 17, 2019, the Tel Aviv District Court issued a decision requiring internet access providers to prevent their users from accessing internet sites involved in publication of pedophilic photos and videos that had been accessible to all internet users in Israel. An order issued in accordance with the decision requires blockage […]

Israel: Knesset Passes Amendment Law Recognizing Role of National Cyber Directorate in Protecting Cyberspace

(July 22, 2019) On December 27, 2018, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) passed an Amendment Law that gives a statutory basis to the unification of the Cyber National Bureau and the National Cyber Security Authority into the Israel National Cyber Directorate (INCD), which operates directly under the Prime Minister. (Law for the Regulation of Security in […]