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Report: Shaked to Fight Israelis Who Download Pirated Content

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked (Habayit Hayehudi) is in the advanced stages of preparing a government bill that would compel Internet providers to reveal which users are downloading pirated content, The Marker reported Wednesday. The content providers would then be able to sue home users for copyright infringement.

11 major Israeli content providers who formed the organization Zira (Hebrew acronym for Internet copyrights) have been complaining that existing laws are limiting their ability to stop distribution of pirated content, because today they can only effectively bring to justice providers who operate inside Israel, while enormous distribution resources are available online but off-shore.

Current Israeli law does recognize certain private downloads as copyright infringements, but to date Internet providers are not obligated to reveal information about their customers. According to The Marker, content providers in the US and in several other countries have been allowed by new legislation to force Internet providers to turn in clients who download illegally, and have sued them successfully.

In 2011 the Knesset passed in a first reading a law that combined compelling Internet providers to expose clients who download illegally as well as clients who are accused of spreading libel online. But the bill did not survive the committee deliberations and was put on hold.

Shaked would like the new version to focus on illegal downloads alone, which would mean that even if a user is downloading pirated content from abroad, they can be sued over it in Israel.

Attorney Jonathan Klinger is a fierce opponent of the proposed legislation. “This is a significant and severe violation of the privacy of citizens, as Internet providers would be demanded to expose private information about users,” he told The Marker. He cited similar litigated cases in the US, where, he said, content providers have had to spend as much as $1,000 on litigation to collect $1. “They’ve invested in expensive technologies to prevent infringement but to no avail. In Germany there’s a little more enforcement, but there, too, you don’t really see lawsuits, it’s more like sanctions by the Internet providers.”

Klinger believes the solution is in new models of distribution. The problem is that content providers have yet to change their archaic business model, which is why they require laws to protect them. He noted that wherevr content providers have used creative business models that came from an understanding of the product and the end users, there is no piracy.

“Unauthorized downloads happen when the content copyright holders won’t allow people to enjoy it. They should look for new, creative models.”

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Shaked to Mull Law Punishing Prostitution Clients, Stress Rehabilitation

Sunday, April 17th, 2016

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked (Habayit Hayehudi) is putting together a team to examine the possibility of turning the purchase of prostitution services into a criminal offense, Ha’aretz reported Sunday. The team will include representatives of the ministries of social services, finance, internal security and the interior. The minister’s decision follows requests by MK Shuli Mualem (Habayit Hayehudi) and Zehava Galon (Meretz) who met with Shaked two weeks ago. The goal of the new legislation will be to help rehabilitate sex workers.

According to the current Israeli law, prostitution per se is not criminal, but the law criminalizes driving persons into prostitution, using underage persons as prostitutes and publicizing prostitution services. The current law does not offer automatic support to prostitutes who wish to seek rehabilitation, such as emergency housing, a hotline, and day centers. The new law will likely offer a much more generous package that will include a guaranteed minimum income, employment services, a rent stipend, educational options and medical and psychological aid, as well as legal support and help in maintaining a connection with offspring.

There are no current official figures on prostitution in Israel, but the estimates of NGOs operating in the field stand at upwards of 13,000 sex workers, both male and female, which puts the number of customers at an estimated 300,000 (assuming each prostitutes sees between 5 and 6 customers daily), which is 12% to 15% of the population—a figure similar to other industrial countries. The overall income from prostitution is therefore estimated at around $300 million annually.

Both MKs Mualem and Galon argue that the effort to fight prostitution so far by focusing only on the traffickers and pimps has not made a dent in the prostitution industry in Israel, and that it must be complemented by enforcement that would deter consumption and reduce the workforce, through rehabilitation. They say their proposed new law would defeat prostitution itself, and not merely the byproducts of human trafficking, pimping, and violence against women. “That’s why the proposed law deals with the central economic driver, the consumers,” they explained. They believe what’s needed is legislation that would also change the perception of sex workers from mere objects to real human beings, and deposit customers with the responsibility for the effects their actions have on the women.”

A poll conducted in 2013 by the ministries of social services and internal security and published a month ago, discovered that 54% of Israelis believe there should be legislation against customers of prostitution, while 36% object. But only 43% agreed that customers should be punished as criminals. 23% believed the sex workers should be punished, and 38% (42% of males, 34% of females) said prostitution should not be against the law in Israel.

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Netanyahu Finally Lends Support to Shaked’s Transparency Bill

Friday, January 15th, 2016

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday endorsed for the first time Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked’s NGO transparency bill. Speaking at a reception for the foreign press, Netanyahu accused the bill’s opponents of hypocrisy. He cited a law that was passed in the US Congress in 2015, which directs foreign-funded NGOs appearing before Congress to disclose their source of funding in writing prior to the hearing. Netanyahu noted that while the Israeli bill only asks for disclosure if the foreign funding exceeds 50% of the NGO’s budget, the US version starts at one dollar.

“I fail to understand how more transparency is undemocratic,” Netanyahu said. “It’s the most elementary requirement in any democracy… Transparency is at the heart of democracy. When you hear of the illegitimate use of NGOs in Israel, transparency is the minimum we ask for. It’s highly justified, it’s common sense.”

On Sunday, US Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro met with Justice Minister Shaked to express the Administration’s concern about the transparency bill, suggesting it would have a chilling effect on NGOs. Shaked has received similar messages from the Ambassadors of Germany, the UK, France, the Netherlands, and the EU.

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Israel to Revoke Citizenship of Terrorist Who Attacked Tel Aviv Bus

Friday, October 16th, 2015

(JNi.media) Interior Minister Silvan Shalom (Likud) began the process of revoking the citizenship of a terrorist, with the approval of Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein.

The Interior Ministry received the approval of the Attorney General to revoke the citizenship of Mohammed Mufarja, a Palestinian Authority resident who became an Israeli citizen under the Family Unification Law by virtue of his father’s marriage to an Israeli woman. His Israeli identity card gave him relatively easy access to Tel Aviv, in December 2012, where he got on the number 142 bus one day after his 18th birthday with a bag full of bombs in his bag. He hid the bag of explosives, got off the bus and ten minutes later activated the explosives using a cellphone. He then took a train from Tel Aviv to Modi’in, to arrive on time at his job in a McDonald’s restaurant.

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked (Bayit Yehudi) told Israel Radio Friday that the families of terrorists who were involved in or supported their crimes will also lose their residency, assets belonging to terrorists will be confiscated and their homes demolished.

Shaked added that PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas is a terrorist and not a partner for negotiations. She noted that the Palestinian Authority’s incitement against Israel is perpetual, and that it is time to shut down the Palestinian TV. Regarding the US Administration insinuation that Israel uses excessive force to suppress Arab violence, Shaked said that it suggests a total misunderstanding, or hypocrisy on the part of the Administration.

Israel Hayom, the daily freebee which usually supports Benjamin Netanyahu, on Friday accused Naftali Bennett and Ayelet Shaked, the two most prominent Bayit Yehudi leaders, of attempting to circle the PM from the right, and of attacking him from inside the government. The newspaper accuses Education Minister Bennett of failing to remove Jordanian textbooks fom Arab schools in east Jerusalem, and says Shaked is not going to get too far with her initiative of broad citizenship revocations against Arab terrorists.

Israel Hayom suggests these moves on the part of Bayit Yehudi are timed to push back Netanyahu’s efforts to open up his government to additional parties, in what the newspaper says is the national interest.

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Ayelet Shaked: Seeking to Save Israeli Democracy from the Israeli Supreme Court

Monday, May 18th, 2015

On Monday, May 18, newly-appointed Israeli Minister of Justice Ayelet Shaked (Bayit Yehudi) gave an address to the Israeli Bar Association at the southern seaside city of Eilat.

Depending on whom you ask, Shaked either continued her pledge to honor the role of justice by pushing to de-politicize the activities of the Supreme Court, or, as the Haaretz crowd asserts, continued her mission of inserting politics into the Supreme Court.

The Israeli Supreme Court is highly activist, and has derailed significant legislation passed by the Knesset. For those who believe in the right of the popularly elected branches, the two branches of government which must answer to the people, the notion of the non-elected branch having broad power to overrule the will of the majority is unnerving.

It is even more unnerving when membership in that branch is conferred, as it is in Israel, by a nine-member committee, most of whom are not accountable to the electorate. Two of those votes are cast by completely private parties, chosen by the Bar Association itself — whose members routinely appear before the very judges they put on the Court.

The 39-year-old Shaked said: “only a genuine separation of powers will ensure the survival of democracy, the balance of which is subtle. The meaning of the word ‘democracy’ is the rule of the people. The people are sovereign and choose their representatives.”

“I would like to reinforce the authority of the executive branch, while maintaining the independence and status of the judicial branch,” Shaked continued.

“In recent years it seems a large part of the public has been under the impression that this outlook (of judicial restraint) has diminished. It seems decision making – governance – is no longer under the control of the people – their elected officials in the Knesset – but is held by the judiciary. The issue is at the heart of a contentious public debate,” Shaked stressed.

It is expected that Shaked will work to re-assert the separation of powers during her tenure as Justice Minister. During the coalition negotiations she submitted several bills the purpose of which would be to limit the Supreme Court’s interventionism. One example of such a legislative effort is to enable the Knesset to ratify laws struck down by the Supreme Court.

 

Lori Lowenthal Marcus

IDF Officer Shoots Arab Stone Thrower

Sunday, February 16th, 2014

On Saturday, approximately 100 Arabs attacked a unit of IDF soldiers with rocks, near the town of Shaked in the Shomron.

One of the soldiers, a senior officer from the Nachal-Haredi unit, shot one of the stone throwers in the knee.

The stone thrower was evacuated for medical treatment.

Source: 0404

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Israel Corners Itself

Sunday, August 25th, 2013

I’ve been reading Harvard University literature professor Ruth Wisse’s new book, No Joke: Making Jewish Humor. In her chapter on Israeli humor, Professor Wisse discusses the comedy trio HaGashash HaChiver (The Pale Trackers) and writes about a 1981 post-election skit of theirs:

“The three then launch into a musical number that interprets avodah, the national ethic of labor, as ovdim aleynu, ‘They’re Working Us Over,’ in which each stanza spoofs the promises made by politicians when running for office…The song’s refrain [was], ‘They’re working us over…and we never learn…”

That refrain remains valid in both claims.

In response to a recent blog about the 104 terrorist releases, a Bayit Yehudi voter from Efrat comments, “It helps show the world the corner they’ve painted us into with this prisoner release. It shows the world their shame.”

This is not the language of vigorous, sovereign citizenship—what Israel’s national anthem calls an am chofshi b’artzenu (free people in our land). This is the language of evasion, feebleness, and dependency, confirming those who describe Israel as an American protectorate.

Addressing similar claims by Bayit Yehudi MK Ayelet Shaked, an excellent blogger from Jerusalem remarks:

“The last time I checked, [U.S. Secretary of State] Kerry does not work for Israel and does not represent us. Shaked’s party leader, Naftali Bennett, her Prime Minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, and Shaked herself do represent us. If Israel is making admittedly stupid moves like releasing terrorist murderers—especially when we get nothing in return—maybe we need to be looking at our own leadership and not at the Americans.”

Compare these essentially “America made us do it” claims with the recent observance of Tisha B’Av and associated lamentations about European Jews during the First Crusade in the 11th century. Those ancestors had neither an army nor a state as they faced demonic hordes seeking to destroy Judaism.

Yet despite such physically superior aggressors, Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik zt”l noted about the many Jews who chose death rather than apostasy, regarding the lamentation Hacharishu Mimeni Va’adabera (“Be quiet, allow me to speak…”): “The enemies had a simple demand: all the Jew had to do was kiss the cross. The Jews could have saved their lives, but they would not agree to become apostates.”

Now consider the State of Israel in 2013, which has one of the strongest militaries in world history and a Yom Ha’atzmaut. How perverse is the claim that this superpower releases murderers of its citizens due to being “painted into a corner”?

The painted into a corner mentality always means rationalizing and mitigating injustice, the terrorist releases being the latest catastrophic example. Before that, it was blame Obama and the EU when the government froze construction in Yehuda and Shomron.

Or blame John Kerry and Catherine Ashton when Hamas attacks cities like Sderot with what amounts to impunity.

Or blame their predecessors when Israeli soldiers expelled 8,600 Jews from Gush Katif.

Do anything except reflect upon one’s own society and the regime it has produced. As Rabbi Yehuda Balsam commented this month in a related context, “If you’re not so happy with your leadership, perhaps it’s worthwhile to take a look in the mirror.” (See 5:00 here.)

The awful truth is that Israel corners itself and shames itself. The awful truth is that Israel invites foreign contempt because it shows contempt for itself.

“When you have no self-respect, you cannot expect anybody else will respect you,” Rabbi David Bar-Hayim of Machon Shilo has noted. Specific to the religious Zionist sector—of which Bayit Yehudi is the latest political incarnation—Rabbi Bar-Hayim observes:

“One of their characteristics is a tremendous naiveté regarding the authorities, the powers that be. They’re always trying to read into their actions more positive motivations than truly exist. They’re always willing to overlook evils done by these people.” (See 34:50 here.)

To paraphrase the The Pale Trackers in 1981: Some people get worked over, and they never learn.

Menachem Ben-Mordechai

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