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Israel: Laws Authorize Expulsion of Lawmakers Engaged in Incitement to Racism or Support of Armed Struggle Against the State

(July 21, 2016) On July 20, 2016, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) passed the Basic Law: the Knesset (Amendments No. 44) (BLK), and the Knesset Law (Amendment No. 43) (KL), both dated 5776-2016.  (Knesset website (click on Issue No. 216 (last visited July 20, 2016) (both laws in Hebrew); Basic Law: the Knesset, (5718 – 1958), […]

Israel: Law Authorizes Preventing Harassment of Emergency Centers

(July 21, 2016) On March 30, 2016, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) passed the Prevention of Harassment of Emergency Centers Law, 5776-2016.  (SEFER HAHUKIM [BOOK OF LAWS, the official gazette] 5776 No. 2552, p. 878, Knesset website  (last visited July 19, 2016) (in Hebrew).) The Law authorizes emergency centers to block the access of a telephone […]

Israel: Disclosure Requirements for Organizations Funded by Foreign Political Entities

(July 19, 2016) On July 11, 2016, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) passed the Duty of Disclosure [for a Body] Supported by a Foreign Political Entity (Amendment) Law, 5776-2016 (Amendment Law), thereby amending a law on the topic enacted in 2011 (Disclosure Law). (Amendment Law, 5776-2016, available at the Knesset website (unofficial text, click on the […]

Israel: New Comprehensive Counterterrorism Legislation Adopted

(July 15, 2016) On June 15, 2016, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) passed the Combatting Terrorism Law, 5776-2016.  (Combatting Terrorism Law, 5776-2016, SEFER HAHUKIM [BOOK OF LAWS, the official gazette] 5776 No. 2556, p. 898, available at the Knesset website (last visited July 13, 2016) (in Hebrew).) The Law gives law enforcement authorities criminal and administrative […]

Israel: Penalty for Priests Who Commit Sex Offenses Against Persons Being Counseled

(June 14, 2016) On March 30, 2016, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) passed an amendment to the Penal Law, 5737-1977, to penalize religious priests who commit sexual offenses against vulnerable persons. (Penal Law (Amendment No. 122) 5776-2016 (Amendment Law), §§ 1 & 2, SEFER HAHUKIM [BOOK OF LAWS, the official gazette, SH] 5776 No. 2546, p. […]

Israel: New Rules on Medical Care of a Minor Victimized by Parent

(June 14, 2016) On March 29, 2016, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) passed an amendment to the Patient’s Rights Law that obviates the need for parental consent and delivery of medical information in certain cases of the medical treatment of minors. (Patient’s Rights Law (Amendment No. 9), 5776-2016 (Amendment Law), SEFER HAHUKIM [BOOK OF LAWS, the […]

Israel: Law Prohibiting Human Cloning Amended

(June 7, 2016) On May 23, 2016, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) passed the Prohibition on Genetic Intervention (Human Cloning and Genetic Change in Reproductive Cells) (Amendment No. 3), 5776- 2016. (Amendment Law, Knesset website (in Hebrew).) The Amendment Law amends the Prohibition on Genetic Intervention (Human Cloning and Genetic Change in Reproductive Cells) Law 5759-1999.  […]

Israel: Law Protecting Price of New Books Mostly Repealed

(June 7, 2016) On May 30, 2016, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) passed an amendment to the Law for the Protection of Literature and of Authors in Israel (Temporary Provision), 5773-2013. (Law for the Protection of Literature and of Authors in Israel (Temporary Provision) (Amendment), 5776-2016 (Amendment Law), Knesset website (last visited June 6, 2016) (in Hebrew) […]

Israel: Priest Accused of Sexual Offenses Involving Minors to Be Extradited to Russia

(Feb. 19, 2016) On February 16, 2016, the Supreme Court of Israel rejected an appeal against the extradition of a Russian priest accused of committing sexual offenses in Russia. The decision was rendered by Justice Uri Shoham, with Justices Neal Hendel and Salim Joubran concurring.  (Crim.A 1210/15 Gleb Grozovsky v. the Attorney General (Feb. 16, […]

Israel: New Law Enables Electronic Clearing of Checks

(Feb. 16, 2016) On February 1, 2016, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) passed the Electronic Clearing of Checks Law, 5776-2016. (Electronic Clearing of Checks Law, 5776-2016 (ECC Law) (Feb. 1, 2016), Knesset website (in Hebrew) (scroll down to link to appropriate law.) According to section 44 of the Bill of Exchange Ordinance (New Version), “a bill […]