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Israel: Penalties for Attempting to Cause Grievous Harm by Throwing Stones

(Nov. 19, 2015) On November 2, 2015, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) passed a temporary amendment to the Penal Law, imposing a minimum statutory penalty for unlawfully attempting to cause serious harm by throwing stones. The conviction of minors on charges for this offense, according to the amendment, will also result in nullifying, for the duration […]

Israel: Parents May be Required to Provide Good Behavior Guarantee for Juvenile Offenders

(Nov. 18, 2015) On November 2, 2015, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) passed an amendment to the Juveniles (Penalties and Treatment Methods) Law 5731-1971. The amendment authorizes the juvenile court to order that the parents of minors who have been convicted of crimes provide a guarantee of their minor child’s future good behavior or pay a […]

Israel: Government Declares Northern Branch of Islamic Movement Unlawful

(Nov. 18, 2015) On November 17, 2015, the Israeli government’s Security Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, declared the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel to be an illegal organization. (Press Release, Prime Minister’s Office, Security Cabinet Decides to Outlaw the Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel (Nov. 17, 2015).) […]

Israel: Authorization to Give Forced Medical Treatment to Prisoners on Hunger Strike

(Oct. 6, 2015) On July 29, 2015, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) passed an amendment to the Prisons Ordinance, authorizing, under prescribed circumstances, the provision of medical care to a prisoner on a hunger strike, when that action would be against his/her will, to prevent harm to the prisoner’s health. (Prisons Ordinance (New Version), 5732-1971 [PO], […]

Israel: New Provisions on Cessation of Knesset Membership by Ministers or Deputy Ministers

(Oct. 2, 2015) On July 30, 2015, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) passed an amendment to Basic Law: The Knesset that provides that a Knesset Member may resign from Knesset membership upon assuming ministerial or Deputy Ministerial position in the government. (Basic Law: The Knesset – 1958, Knesset website; Basic Law: The Knesset (Amendment No. 42) […]

Israel: Court Rejects Claim of Distinction Between “Civil” and “Military” Activities of Hamas

(Sept. 22, 2015)  On September 3, 2015, Israel’s Supreme Court rejected an appeal against the conviction of four individuals by the Jerusalem District Court on charges of financing and managing Hamas’ “civilian” activities in East Jerusalem.  (CrimA 1784/14 Ashraf Asoor v. State of Israel (Sept. 3, 2015), THE JUDICIAL AUTHORITY (in Hebrew).) Hamas was designated […]

Israel: Conviction of Former Arab-Israeli Parliamentarian for Visiting Syria Upheld

(Sept. 11, 2015) On August 31, 2015, Israel’s Supreme Court rejected an appeal by former Knesset Member (KM) Said Nafa against his conviction by the Nazareth District Court on charges of committing the offenses of unlawfully visiting an enemy country, providing unlawful assistance to others by arranging their visit to an enemy country, and making […]

Israel: Intended Assets Sharing Presumption Applies to Same-Sex Couples

(Sept. 8, 2015) On August 20, 2015, Israel’s Supreme Court rejected an appeal of a decision of the Tel Aviv District Court recognizing the applicability of the “assets’ sharing presumption” to a same-sex couple who prior to ending their relationship had cohabited while jointly raising the child of one of the spouses and jointly managing […]

Israel: Supreme Court Suspends Detention of Islamic Jihad Activist

(Aug. 25, 2015) On August 19, 2015, Israel’s Supreme Court suspended the continued detention of a person determined to be “an activist of the Islamic Jihad terrorist organization.” The Military Commander of Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) had imposed a detention order on the person after he had completed a prison term from 2006 […]

Israel: Photographer’s Moral Right over a State-Copyrighted Photograph Recognized

(Aug. 10, 2015) On July 20, 2015, the Jerusalem District Court issued a judgment requiring the payment of compensation to a photographer for violation of his moral right to a historical photograph taken by him during his military service. The photograph that was the subject of the judgment was used without attribution in posters created […]