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Israel passes first hurdle in Knesset to legalize cannabis

Israel’s Minister of Public Security is spearheading effort to end criminal proceeding for the use of marijuana in private. With the bill having passed unanimously in its first reading in the Knesset, it’s highly likely, average citizens caught with grass will no longer be stigmatized as criminals.



A bill that would legalize the use of cannabis passed unanimously in its first reading in the Knesset on Wednesday.

Currently, the law prohibits the usage of cannabis.

The new bill focuses on public enforcement: those caught with cannabis in public are subject to various fines: on the first offense, 1000 NIS and 2000 NIS for the second offense. Continue Reading »

Hamas leaders unhappy over U.S. bill sanctioning the group

Hamas condemns the new American bill, the Hamas Human Shields Prevention Act, that sanctions the group for exploiting civilians as human shields, saying the Trump White House sides with the “Israeli narrative.”

By Elad Benari


Hamas on Thursday condemned a U.S. bill that sanctions the group for using civilians in Gaza as human shields, reported The Associated Press.

Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said the bill sides with “the Israeli narrative”, according to the report.

The House of Representatives unanimously passed the Hamas Human Shields Prevention Act on Wednesday.

The Act, initiated by Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) and Rep. Continue Reading »

Knesset to decide on limited public transport on Saturdays

Yesh Atid Knesset members seek to allow minibuses to run to & from city centers on Shabbat and holidays, allowing the economically weaker sector travel, not just car-owners.

By Gideon Allon


Yesh Atid MKs Yael German, Karin Elharrar and Yoel Razvozov intend to put forth a private member’s bill that would allow local authorities to operate public transportation on Saturday. The bill would permit minibuses to run within each locality and on intercity roads.

Will the No. 5 bus run down Dizengoff Street in Tel Aviv on Saturdays, too? – Photo: Yehoshua Yosef

According to the bill, making public transportation available on Shabbat is designed to give some mobility to sectors that cannot drive or afford to drive, such as the elderly or youth. Continue Reading »

Government passes tendentious Jewish nation-state bill

After fierce verbal assaults, with dictates and ultimatums between coalition members, Netanyahu coalition gov’t approves contentious legislation officially ratifying Israel as home of the Jewish people.

By Moran Azulay



The government passed on Sunday the contentious Basic Law: Israel as the Nation-State of the Jewish People, a controversial new bill which is threatening to tear the governing coalition apart, in a 14-7 vote, which saw the coalition split in its support for the legislation.

Netanyahu leads gov't meeting Sunday (Photo: Ohad Zwegenberg)

Netanyahu leads gov’t meeting Sunday – Photo: Ohad Zwegenberg

All of Yesh Atid’s ministers voted against, as did Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, while all of the Likud, Yisrael Beiteinu and Bayit Yehdui minister voted in favor. Continue Reading »

Knesset Session to Push Bill That Outlaws Islamic Movement’s Northern Branch

The Islamic Movement‘s northern branch needs to be outlawed for openly undermining the sovereignty of the State of Israel, while  cynically exploiting the institutions & basic values of a Jewish and democratic country.

By Yuval Karni



With the opening of the Knesset’s winter session on Monday, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has instructed Yisrael Beiteinu MK Alex Miller to push a bill proposal meant to outlaw the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel.

Raed Salah (R) - REUTERS

Sheikh Raed Salah (right), leader of the Islamic Movement’s northern branch, escorted (03/04/2014) to begin his 8 months in prison for inciting to violence in a 2007 speech – REUTERS

The proposal, submitted on Monday, noted that: “Recently, we’ve witnessed the strengthening of radical Islam in our region, spreading a lot of death and destruction while demolishing the rule of law. Continue Reading »

Knesset passes legislation to increase support to Holocaust survivors


The new Bill calls for additional aid from NIS 100 million to NIS 135 million annually to go directly to survivors, with further annual increases.



The Knesset approved on Wednesday the second and third (final) readings of a bill to amend the Restitution of Holocaust Victims’ Assets Law.

A display showing tattoos at the Holocaust Museum in Wasington, DC - Photo: Reuters

A display showing tattoos at the Holocaust Museum in Wasington, DC – Photo: Reuters

The measure sets the end of the Company for Location and Restitution of Holocaust Victims’ Assets’ operations as December 31, 2017, as opposed to 2021, as previously stipulated in the law.

The new law also calls for an increase in aid to Holocaust survivors from NIS 100 million to NIS 135m.

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