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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 […]

Israel: Increasing Participation in Workforce by Negative Income Tax

(Jan. 2, 2008) On December 18, 2007, the Knesset (Parliament) passed the Law for Increasing Participation in the Workforce and Minimizing Social Gaps (Negative Income Tax), 5768-2007. The Law provides special grants to a worker who has dependant children or who has reached 55 years of age at the end of the tax year. Excluded […]

Israel: Authorization for Preservation of Telecommunication Data

(Jan. 2, 2008) On December 17, 2007, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Criminal Procedure (Enforcement Authorities – Telecommunications Data) Law, 5768-2007. The Law authorizes the police to establish a database composed of technical data of telecommunications, telephone, and Internet transactions. The Law defines three ways in which the police could obtain such information: the […]

Israel: Duty to Label Computer Games

(Dec. 2, 2007) On October 29, 2007, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) approved an amendment to the Protection of Consumers Decree, requiring that every computer game package be labeled in a way to indicate whether its content is suitable for minors who may play the game. The new decree incorporates the European classification system and will […]

Israel: Choice of Labor Law in West Bank Israeli Settlements

(Dec. 2, 2007) In a ground breaking decision rendered on October 10, 2007, the High Court of Justice in an extended bench held that Israel's labor laws apply to Palestinians who are employed by Israeli employers in the West Bank. The Supreme Court had already determined in the past that the West Bank was held […]

Israel: New Copyright Law

(Dec. 2, 2007) On November 19, 2007, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Copyright Law, 5768-2007. This Law replaces the British Copyright Law of 1911 and the Mandate Ordinance of 1924. The 2007 Law will become effective six months after publication. The Law recognizes copyright as applicable to original creations – literary, artistic, dramatic, or […]