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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 […]

Israel: Legislation for Dissolution of Parliament and Holding a New Election Adopted

(May 30, 2019) On May 29, 2019, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) passed the Twenty-First Knesset Dispersion Law, 5779-2019 (Knesset website (in Hebrew) (click link on bottom left for unofficial text of the law)). The Law provides that the 21st Knesset, which was elected on April 9, 2019, and sworn in on April 30, be dissolved before […]

Israel: Petition Against President’s Assignment of Netanyahu to Form Government Rejected

(May 29, 2019) On April 23, 2019, the Supreme Court sitting as a High Court of Justice rejected a petition to declare the assignment of forming a government to Binyamin Netanyahu “unconstitutional and harming the essence of the rule of law in the State of Israel.” The Court similarly rejected the petitioners’ request to order […]

Israel: Law on Freezing Revenues Designated for the Palestinian Authority Implemented

(Mar. 27, 2019) On February 17, 2019, the Israeli Defense Cabinet reportedly decided to deduct 500 million new Israeli shekels (about US$138.2 million) from the revenues transferred to the Palestinian Authority (PA) on the basis of Israeli domestic legislation for implementing the Israeli-Palestinian Interim Agreement (the Paris Protocol). (Noa Landau  & Jack Khoury, Israel Freezes […]

Israel: Attorney General Announces Intent to Indict Prime Minister for Bribery, Fraud, and Breach of Trust, Pending a Hearing

(Mar. 5, 2019) On February 28, 2019, Israeli Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit announced his intention to indict Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on corruption charges stemming from three investigations, pending a hearing. (The Attorney General, The Decision of the Attorney General Regarding the Cases Under Investigation in Which the Prime Minister Was Questioned as a Suspect […]