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Israel: Court Recognizes U.S. Foreign State Immunity in Employment Suit

(Feb. 2, 2016) On January 8, 2016, Israel’s National Labor Court accepted an appeal by the United States of a decision of the Jerusalem regional labor court. The regional court had rejected the U.S. claim of foreign sovereign immunity in a suit filed against the U.S. by a former employee (the respondent) of its consulate […]

Israel: Policy Document on Regulation of Cyber Security Professions Published

(Jan. 20, 2016) On December 31, 2015, the National Cyber Bureau (NCB) under the Israeli Prime Minister’s office published a policy document on the regulation of cyber security professions in Israel. (Policy of Regulating Cyber Security Professions in the State of Israel (Policy Document) (Dec. 31, 2015), NCB website (in Hebrew).) The NCB advises the […]

Israel: State Funding of Child Savings Accounts

(Jan. 13, 2016) On November 18, 2015, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) passed legislation providing for the transfer of funds by the National Insurance Institute (NII) into child savings accounts (CSAs).  (Economic Improvement (Amendments for Reaching Budget Goals for Budget Years 2015 and 2016) Law, 5776-2015, §§ 28–29, SEFER HAHUKIM [BOOK OF LAWS (the official gazette), […]

Israel: Preventing Web Search Retrieval of Court Decisions Held Unlawful

(Dec. 7, 2015) On November 12, 2015, Israel’s Supreme Court voided a decision by the Court Administration (CA) (the judicial branch of the country) to require companies operating commercial databases to commit to not indexing court decisions retrieved from the CA’s databank.  This requirement would have prevented court decisions published by such companies from being […]

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 […]