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Case Law, Israel, Plony vs Plonit, Supreme Court Upholds Decision to ban book which invaded privacy – Michael Factor

privacyThis decision by the Israel Supreme Court concerns an appeal by an author against a decision by Judge Kanfi-Steinitz of the Jerusalem District Court that included a permanent injunction prohibiting publication of his book and 200,000 Shekels in statutory damages.

The decision tackles fundamental constitutional issues and is notable for its review of Jewish sources as well as democratic ones.  The decision is available here (Civil Appeal 8954/11) as a Word document, in Hebrew.

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News: Defamation in Israel – are the proposed amendments to the law objectionable?

In Israel the Knesset has been considering a bill amending the Libel Law that critics say could muzzle the country’s media if it becomes law. The Defamation Bill was given a first reading on 21 November 2011 by 42 votes to 31 after a heated debate.  It has been extremely controversial in Israel and has attracted adverse comment internationally.  It is difficult to see why. Continue reading

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