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Israel: Ministry of Health Issues Guidelines on Use of Cameras in COVID-19 Hospital Units

(Apr. 28, 2020) On April 6, 2020, Israel’s Ministry of Health (MOH) issued the Camera-Corona Directive (CCD), providing guidelines for the use of cameras in hospital units caring for COVID-19 patients. According to the CCD, care for coronavirus patients requires rigorous patient monitoring as the condition of such patients can deteriorate rapidly. Their treatment also […]

Israel: Supreme Court Again Rejects Petition for Court to Rule on Indicted Knesset Member’s Eligibility for Prime Ministership

(Apr. 20, 2020) On April 12, 2020, the Supreme Court of Israel, sitting as a High Court of Justice, unanimously rejected a petition that the Court determine whether a member of Knesset (Israel’s parliament) who had been indicted for an offense of moral turpitude is eligible to serve as prime minister (PM), and whether the […]

Israel: Live Broadcasting of Supreme Court Hearing Authorized During COVID-19 Emergency

(Apr. 16, 2020) On April 13, 2020, Supreme Court President Justice Esther Hayut approved an experimental live broadcast of a hearing before the Supreme Court sitting as a High Court of Justice. The hearing, scheduled for April 16, 2020, involves petitions questioning the validity of authorization granted to the Israel Security Agency (ISA) and the […]

Israel: Videoconferencing Pilot in Civil Trials Authorized due to COVID-19 Pandemic

(Apr. 14, 2020) On April 2, 2020, the Israel Judicial Authority announced the implementation of a pilot program using videoconferencing in civil hearings on a limited basis. The program precedes the implementation of new civil procedures regulations effective September 5, 2020, that will regulate the use of technological means to replace the physical presence of […]

Israel: COVID-19 Social Distancing Requirements Tightened

(Apr. 1, 2020) A new amendment toughening existing social distancing requirements in Israel in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak went into effect on March 31, 2020. (Emergency Regulations (Novel Coronavirus – Limitations on Activity (Amendment No. 2), 5780-2020 (all citations to the regulations are to the amended regulations).) The amended regulations will be in […]

Israel: Supreme Court Removes Knesset Speaker and Orders Knesset to Schedule Election of a Permanent Speaker

(Mar. 27, 2020) In an unprecedented decision on March 25, 2020, at 8:00 p.m. Israel time, the Supreme Court, by an extended panel of five justices, revoked the powers of the outgoing speaker of the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) and ordered the Knesset to convene the Knesset plenum to elect a permanent speaker. The unanimous decision […]

Israel: Supreme Court Rules Coronavirus Pandemic Does Not Justify Delay in Electing Knesset Speaker

(Mar. 26, 2020) On March 23, 2020, the Supreme Court, by an extended panel of five justices, ordered the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) speaker to convene the Knesset plenum to appoint a new Knesset speaker for the 23rd Knesset at the earliest possible time and no later than March 25, 2020. The decision was unanimous with […]

Israel: Exclusion of Single Men and Same-Sex Male Spouses with Genetic Affinity for the Newborn from Surrogacy Agreements Held Unconstitutional

(Mar. 24, 2020) On February 27, 2020, Israel’s Supreme Court, with an extended bench of five justices, unanimously ruled that same-sex couples and single men with genetic affinity for the newborn should have access to surrogacy agreements in Israel. (HC 781/15 Arad-Pinkas v. Committee for Approval of Surrogacy Agreements, State of Israel: Judicial Authority (all […]

Israel: Emergency Regulations Authorize Digital Surveillance of Coronavirus Patients and Persons Subjected to Home Isolation

(Mar. 18, 2020) On March 15 and 17, 2020, Israel’s transitional government headed by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu approved two separate emergency regulations that allow, among other things, the use of digital surveillance by the General Security Service (GSS) and provide expanded search authority to the Israel Police to combat the spread of the coronavirus. […]

Israel: Central Election Committee Orders Removal of Misleading Video, Calling It Unfair Interference with Campaign Advertising

(Mar. 16, 2020) On election day—March 2, 2020—the Chair of Israel’s Central Election Committee (CEC), Justice Neal Hendel, issued an injunction ordering Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu (PM) and his Likud Party to immediately remove from the PM’s Facebook page and Instagram account a film that doctored a statement of the PM’s political rival, Benny Gantz, […]