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Israel: Prohibition of Violence in Sports

(Sept. 8, 2008) On July 30, 2008, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Prohibition of Violence in Sports Law, 5768-2008. The Law incorporates provisions previously applicable only to soccer and basketball based on specific amendments of the Safety in Public Places Law, 5723-1962. The Law is designed to improve law enforcement and eliminate violence in […]

Israel: Prohibition on Unsolicited Junk Mail

(July 2, 2008) On May 27, 2008, the Knesset (parliament) passed an amendment to the Telecommunication Law, 5742-1982. The amendment has a direct impact on communications between companies and other organizations and their clients. The amendment prohibits advertisers from transmitting, via fax, automatic dialing and electronic messages like Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) or Short Messaging […]

Israel: Preferential Treatment for Veterans in Dorms

(July 2, 2008) On June 17, 2008, the Knesset (Parliament) passed an amendment to the Absorption of Veterans Law, 5754-1994. The amendment authorizes academic institutions, including universities, to give preference, when evaluating eligibility for residence in dorms and other economic benefits, to students who served in the army. The amendment was designed to “reflect the […]

Israel: Whistleblowers’; Protection

(July 2, 2008) On June 17, 2008, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Protection of Workers (Disclosure of Offenses and Harm to Integrity or to Proper Administration) Law (Amendment No. 2), 5768-2008. The amendment was designed to further protect workers who report violations of the law and ethics, by strengthening appropriate civil and criminal enforcement […]

European Union; Israel: Agreement to Upgrade Relations

(July 2, 2008) An upgrade in Israel-European Union relations was announced in Luxembourg on June 16, 2008, during the eighth annual EU-Israel Association Council meeting, headed by Tzipi Livni, Israel's Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Dr. Dimitrij Rupel, President of the EU General Affairs and External Relations Council and Slovenian Foreign Minister. The relationship will […]

Israel: Assistance to Minors Who Are Victims of Sexual or Other Violent Offenses

(May 2, 2008) On April 2, 2008, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Assistance to Minors Who Are Victims of Sexual or Other Violent Offenses Law, 5768-2008. The Law is designed to determine by legislation the rights of minors subjected to these offenses to receipt of primary assistance in centers that will be established specifically […]

Israel: Consumer Protection

(May 2, 2008) On April 2, 2008, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Consumer Protection Law, 5741-1981. The amendment prevents an automatic extension of contractual relations between consumers and providers. It requires full awareness of the contractual time period and the expressed consent on the part of the consumer for its extension. […]

Israel: Boycott of Corporations Conducting Business with Iran

(May 2, 2008) On April 2, 2008, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a law to prohibit investments by Israeli financial institutions in corporations that maintain substantive business contacts with the Islamic Republic of Iran. Such contacts are defined as trade, financial, or other economic contacts with the Iranian government, for its benefit or in Iranian […]

Israel: Regulation of Military Reserve Service

(May 2, 2008) On April 2, 2008, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a law that defines the structure of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) reserve force and its capability and objectives. The law provides the framework for a call for reserve service and the rights and duties of reserve soldiers. The law declares that the […]

Israel: Encouragement of Incorporation and Advancement of Women in the Labor Force

(May 2, 2008) On April 2, 2008, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Encouragement of Incorporation and Advancement of Women at Work and of Adjustment of the Labor Environment to Women Law, 5768-2008. The Law is designed to bring about a change in the business culture and enhance public awareness to encourage the incorporation and […]