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September 22, 2020

Move aimed at tackling illegal gambling websites

Israel passes Internet censorship law

Israel passes Internet censorship law
The new legislation would allow authorities to block or remove internet sites promoting criminal terror activities, including prostitution, drugs and gambling.
Israel | 07/21/2017

The new legislation would allow authorities to block or remove internet sites promoting criminal terror activities, including prostitution, drugs and gambling.

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he law targets illegal gambling, prostitution and child pornography advertisements, online dealing o drugs and synthetic cannabinoids and the websites of terror groups. Measure was approved with 63 lawmakers in favor and only 10 opposed, 

"We are closing an enforcement gap of many years during which the existing law was disconnected from the migration of crime to the internet,” said Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan.

In certain cases, if the owner of the website is Israel-based, the court may order the provider to seek the website’s removal, rather than merely restricting access, it said.

The courts may also order search engines to remove the websites from their search results and may rely on classified government testimony to make their decision. All affected parties must be present in court, the law said, unless they were summoned and failed to appear.

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