New Israeli legislation seeks to close criminal websites

Today, the Knesset’s Constitution, Law and Justice Committee approved a proposal to give the Israel Police authority to close criminal websites used for offenses such as drug trafficking, prostitution, terrorism and more.
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Today (Monday), the Israeli Knesset’s Constitution, Law and Justice Committee approved the legislative proposal of Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan and Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked. The proposal seeks to give the Israel Police authority to block criminal websites used to commit serious offenses such as drug trafficking, prostitution, terrorism, gambling and more.

Shaked congratulated the initial approval. However, the legislation will now need to be approved in a second and third hearing in the Knesset to become official law. “When the internet is used to harm human life, take advantage of people or simply for criminal use,” she said. “Is when the government must take matters into its own hands and say: ‘enough is enough.’”

Shaked Photo credit: Miriam Alster/Flash90/Channel 2 News

Erdan also commented on the approval: “Today, we closed a gap of many years, during which the existing law was disconnected from the crime’s transition to the internet.”

Erdan Photo credit: Flash 90/ Channel 2 News


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