Tag Archive for Israel law

Israel Knesset disqualifies early parole for convicted terrorists

Security prisoners convicted of murder or accessory to murder who have served 2/3 of their sentences will no longer be eligible for parole under new law passed Tuesday that prevents their early release.

By Ariel Kahana and Gideon Allon


The Knesset on Tuesday enacted a law preventing the early release of security prisoners found guilty of murder or accessory to murder under the 2016 Anti-Terrorism Law.

According to the new law, sponsored by Yisrael Beytenu MK Oded Forer and Likud MK Anat Berko, prisoners convicted of murder or accessory to murder will no longer have the possibility of having their sentences shortened. Continue Reading »

Israel passes law that deducts funds to PA equal to ‘Pay to Slay’ pensions

Israel’s Knesset [parliament] passes long debated law that will permit deduction of funds from tax revenues it transfers to the Palestinian Authority, equal to PA’s ‘terror payments’ annual budget.

By i24NEWS


The Israeli parliament on Monday passed a law that will slash tax transfers to the Palestinian Authority (PA) unless welfare payments to convicted terrorists and their families are stopped.

First mooted by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu two years ago, it sailed through the Knesset with 87 votes in favor and just 15 against.

Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jail, all paid generous monthly stipends by the PA.  – Palestinian propaganda blog

Israel collects tax from Palestinians in the West Bank and then transfers the funds to the PA. Continue Reading »

Israel passes law allowing PM & Defense Minister to declare war

As Israel’s Knesset begins its summer session, propose law spearheaded by Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked and Avi Dichter passes, 62 MKs to 41, permitting only the PM & DM to give green light in declaration of war.
• Justice Minister Shaked, “We must adapt ourselves to the present state security requirements.”
• Joint List MK Aida Touma-Suleiman, “The bill will enable two people to take not only the State of Israel into war, but all the countries in the region.”

By Moran Azulay and Shahar Hay


The Knesset passed a law Monday evening that will transfer authority from the government to the cabinet—and in some case to the prime minister and defense minister only—to declare war and to launch military operations. Continue Reading »

Israel taps its expertise in medicine, technology & agriculture for its newest harvest


REPORT: As the cannabinoids begin to enter the drug market in 2018-2019, a revolution in the field of pharmaceuticals will be seen in Israel, since it is the only place in the world that has the ability to perform all 4 components: cultivation, pharmaceutical ingredient extractions, encapsulation for specific cannabinoids and drug delivery systems.



Israel’s medical cannabis industry is at a crossroads and according to Breath of Life Pharma CEO Dr. Tamir Gedo, that crossroads doubles as a runway, because the industry is about to take off.

“Israel has the ability to build a cannabis industry with a long-lasting competitive advantage,” Gedo, who comes to the industry after serving as a senior manager at a pharmaceutical company, told The Jerusalem Post in the company’s offices in Kfar Pines, near Hadera. Continue Reading »

Israel’s Cannabis Decriminalization Policy Starts Now


The reclassification to misdemeanor by Israel’s Knesset finally takes effect thanks to Minister of Public Security Gilad Erdan, who moved forward with a softer approach towards social marijuana use.

By Eli Senyor


The new cannabis decriminalization policy, which treats cannabis use as a misdemeanor, has now come into effect one month after it was approved in the Israeli legislature.

While full legalization still remains off the table, the new reform in is a vital step towards moving cannabis enforcement away from the hands of the police and into the hands of civil authorities.

A dried bud of cannabis, which can be used for medical therapy – Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Evan-Amos

Police note that “even under the new enforcement policy, cannabis use will stay illegal in the public sector,” emphasizing that people should still refrain from using cannabis, especially in public spaces, and that holding more than 15 grams is sill illegal.A

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Knesset passes bill baring entry into Israel of foreigners who support boycotting Israel


Newly passed legislation will prevent foreign individuals and/or organizations that have called or supported a boycott of Israel, from receiving an entry visa or residency permit, and prohibits foreigners from operating within the lands of the State of Israel to advance boycott, divestment or sanctions against Israel.

By i24NEWS


The Israeli Knesset on Monday evening passed a controversial law that bans the issuing of visas and residency permits to foreign citizens who call for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel, effectively banning them from being able to visit the Israel.

The Knesset, located in Jerusalem, capital of Israel – Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP

The law will apply to any foreign citizen who publicly calls for a boycott of the State of Israel or works for an organization supporting a boycott. Continue Reading »

Israel moves to decriminalize cannabis for personal use


Minister Erdan explained that under the new policy, police would focus enforcement of laws against marijuana use in public spaces, not people’s homes, saying, “The goal of the plan is to prevent significant harm to regular people who have no criminal past.”

By i24news


Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan on Thursday announced that he would move to decriminalize the personal use of cannabis – which would make Israel, already at the forefront of medical marijuana research, the first country in the Middle East or Africa to decriminalize the substance.

Israel's Public Security Minister, Gilad Erdan - Photo: Facebook

Israel’s Public Security Minister, Gilad Erdan – Photo: Facebook

Erdan said people caught possessing up to 15 grams of cannabis would receive a fine, with criminal charges being brought only as a “last resort”. Continue Reading »

Israeli consumers to pay for plastic bags used at grocery stores beginning Jan 1


The 10 agorot (2.6 US cents) fee for plastic bags starts January 1, 2017 in supermarket chains nationwide, but for 3 weeks only, free reusable grocery bags will be handed out at the supermarkets from the last week of December until the end of the 2nd week in January.

By Amir Ben-David


After years of trying to minimize the use of plastic shopping bags that cause harm to the environment, a country-wide law will come into effect in January which will force Israeli consumers to pay for each plastic bag they use at the grocery store.Starting on January 1, 2017, any disposable plastic bags used to bag purchases at grocery store chains will cost 10 agorot.

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Exposé: IDF Christian soldiers subject to threats and attacks by Muslim neighbors


Christian IDF soldiers finding themselves threatened by their Muslim neighbors is not unknown to Israeli officials and although some are still the recipients of violent attacks, nothing substantial has been done to protect them.



The compulsory military draft does not apply to them, but the values they grew up on and the strong desire to integrate into Israeli society has spurred in recent years a growing trend of Christian enlistment in the IDF and other security forces.

Father Naddaf of Nazareth with Christian Israeli IDF soldiers at a Christmas party on December 21, 2015. - Photo: ISRAELI CHRISTIAN RECRUITMENT FORUM

Father Naddaf of Nazareth with Christian Israeli IDF soldiers at a Christmas party on December 21, 2015. – Photo: ISRAELI CHRISTIAN RECRUITMENT FORUM

However, their willingness to enlist in the Israeli army and to contribute to the security of the country sometimes exacts from them a heavy price. Continue Reading »

Israel amends ‘Flag and Emblem Law’: Flag burners can now get 3 years in jail

Israel’s Knesset amends state’s Flag and Emblem Law (1949), which now categorizes desecrating the national flag as a criminal offense, punishable by ₪58,400 shekel fine, or up to 3 years in jail.

By Gideon Allon


The Knesset on Monday passed an amendment to Israel’s Flag and Emblem Law (1949) that will make burning the Israeli flag a criminal offense punishable by a 58,400 shekel (about $15,100) fine or up to three years in jail.

Flag burning in east Jerusalem [Archive] – Photo: Lior Mizrahi

The amendment passed a second and third hearing by a majority of 38 MKs to 12. Continue Reading »

New law protects Israel Christians that join IDF from intimidation and threats


Israeli Christians are now protected from intimidation and threats of violence should they wish to volunteer for the IDF, as new law allocates incarceration to those, mostly Arab Muslims, who accuse the Christians of ‘collaboration with the occupiers.’

By David Lazarus


The Knesset passed a bill this week designed to protect Arab Christians who enlist in the Israeli army.  The law, which includes an extended prison sentence for anyone who tries to dissuade a Christian Arab from serving in the IDF, became necessary in the face of stiff opposition and violent attacks against the Christian soldiers.

Some of the Christian IDF soldiers (Left) and Border Guard Police (Right) who attended the Israeli Christians Recruitment Forum.

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Israeli legislators bring bill to Knesset due to Facebook’s indifference to incitement


The anti-Facebook legislation would enable courts to force the social media platforms to immediately remove the posted content Israel deems to be promoting terrorism.



Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked and Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan took their fight against Facebook to a new level on Tuesday, publicizing a proposed bill for removing terrorism-promoting content from the Internet and various social media platforms.

Facebook – Photo: REUTERS

Israel’s Justice Minister Seeks to Apply Israeli Law to West Bank Within a Year


Knesset Member Tzipi Livni, says justice minister, Ayelet Shaked’s proposal would create a binational state.



Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked on Sunday said she is pushing to have Israeli law apply to the West Bank within one year.

Israel’s Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked

Shaked made the comments while being interviewed on stage at a conference in Jerusalem organized by the Legal Forum for the Land of Israel, in spite of prior vehement opposition to the idea by the Justice Ministry bureaucracy, including former attorney-general Yehuda Weinstein.

Asked about the Hok Hanormot or “Normalizing Law,” for making Israeli law apply to the West Bank, she replied, “I established a joint committee along with the Defense Ministry to work on legislation for Judea and Samaria, with essentially the purpose being that ultimately any law which was passed in the Knesset will either apply to Judea and Samaria by virtue of the legislation itself or by an order of the general [who legislates in the West Bank] or by any other manner which is considered appropriate.” Continue Reading »

New Israel law limits local bankers’ salaries to $658,000 per year


Knesset limits bank executives’ salaries to 2.5 million shekels per/year with a new, stringent law that ‘deals with the problem of morals & values concerning excessive salaries.’

By Arutz Sheva Staff


The Knesset has passed a law capping the annual salaries of bank executives at 2.5 million shekels ($658,000 US), described as among the world’s toughest such restrictions.

Israeli 100 New Shekels currency notes

The law, approved late Monday, says no salary in the financial sector can be more than 35 times that of the lowest-paid worker in the same company, with a ceiling of 2.5 million shekels.

A statement issued just before midnight, quoting Finance Committee Chair Moshe Gafni (UTJ), said the law “deals with a problem of morals and values concerning the excessive salaries of those who undertake to manage the public’s money.” Continue Reading »

Israel’s gov’t approves expanded stop-&-frisk law in wake of Palestinian stabbing attacks




A bill expanding the meaning of probable cause for searching a suspect’s person for weapons was approved by the cabinet Sunday.

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