A petition by Israel Internet Association Against the Israel Police to Prevent the Blocking of Websites Without a Court Order
In October 2010, ISOC filed an administrative petition at the Tel Aviv District Court against the Israel Police following a police directive requiring Israeli internet providers to block access to several gambling websites. In its ruling from April 2012, the District Court determined the police order was illegal. In March 2013, the Supreme Court denied the police’s appeal, ruling in favor of Israel Internet Association and stating that since the Police had no authority to order ISPs to block access to websites.
Based on this ruling, the government submitted a bill permitting the police – per a court order – to force an ISP to block access to a website where serious pedophilia, drug-related, prostitution, and gambling offenses are committed. ISOC and other Israeli civil society organizations actively contributed to a revised bill that passed as a law (Power for Preventing Committing Crimes Through Use of an Internet Site Bill, 2017) in July 2017.
Click here to learn more about ISOC’s activities in protecting and securing internet freedom and read position papers (in Hebrew).