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Israel: Prevention of Domestic Violence

(Apr. 2, 2008) On March 4, 2008, the Knesset (Parliament) passed an amendment to the Prevention of Violence in the Family Law 5751-1991. The 1991 Law authorizes the court to issue an order for the protection of an individual from a family member who has used violence or committed a sexual offense against that individual, […]

Israel: Government Financing of Election Propaganda

(Apr. 2, 2008) On March 10, 2008, the Knesset (Parliament) passed the Election (Means of Propaganda) (Amendment No. 24) Law, 5768-2008. The amendment shortens by a third the duration of free broadcasts allocated for election propaganda by radio and television; it also shortens the total broadcast period allowed from three weeks to two. The broadcasts […]

Israel: Prohibition on Smoking at Military Bases and Police Installations

(Apr. 2, 2008) On February 19, 2008, Israel's Knesset (Parliament) passed an amendment to the Prevention and Exposure to Smoking in Public Places Law, 5743-1983. Prior to the passage of the amendment, the prohibition imposed by the 1983 Law did not apply to security forces because no employee-employer relationship existed. Among those not covered by […]

Israel: Special Subsidies for Needy Elderly and Holocaust Survivors

(Apr. 2, 2008) On March 31, 2008, the Knesset (Parliament) passed the Program for Increase of Income Protection Benefits for Needy Elderly and Holocaust Survivors (Amendments) 5768-2008. The law is designed to improve the economic status of elderly persons and set arrangements for assistance to holocaust survivors. The law provides for monthly pensions to be […]

Israel: Adoption of Children by Same-Sex Couples

(Mar. 2, 2008) On February 10, 2008, Israel's Attorney General Menahem Mazuz (AG) issued a legal opinion that same-sex couples may adopt children. According to a statement issued by the AG, [T]here is no legal reason to prevent a same-sex couple, or either one of them, from adopting a child who is not the biological […]

Israel: Bribes to Foreign Officials Not Tax Deductible

(Mar. 2, 2008) The Tel Aviv Yafo district court rejected an appeal against a decision by the Income Tax Authority of Israel not to recognize as a legitimate expense bribes paid to foreign officials to facilitate a business transaction in a foreign country. The appellant, an Israeli company, claimed that the amounts paid as the […]

Israel: Adjudication of Human Trafficking Offenses

(Mar. 2, 2008) On January 29, 2008, the Knesset (Parliament) of Israel passed an amendment to the Courts Law (Consolidated Version) 5744-1984. According to the amendment, defendants in human trafficking for prostitution trials will be prosecuted before a court of a single judge. The amendment was designed to alleviate the hardship caused to victims by […]

Israel: Prohibiting Commercial Activities in Schools

(Feb. 2, 2008) On December 25, 2007, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Prohibition on Commercial Activities in Schools Law, 5768-2007. The Law prohibits any principal of an educational institution from allowing certain activities by business owners or advertisers on the institution's premises. Such activities include entry for the purpose of advertising and sale during […]

China; Israel: Cooperation Accord

(Feb. 2, 2008) On January 14, 2008, a memorandum of understanding was signed by Eli Yishi, Israel's Industry, Trade, and Labor Minister, and Chen Deming, his Chinese counterpart. The memorandum is designed to boost research cooperation and trade in agriculture, telecommunications, and water technology between the two countries. The ministers agreed, among other measures, to […]

Israel: National Library Law

(Jan. 2, 2008) On November 26, 2007, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a law that regulates the status, objectives, and roles of the National Library. The law states that the National Library is located in Jerusalem. Its objectives are the collection, preservation, cultivation, and dedication of general treasures of knowledge, tradition, and culture, as well […]