Discriminatory Laws & Regulations

There are currently over 65 Israeli laws that discriminate directly or indirectly against Palestinian citizens in Israel and/or Palestinian residents of the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) on the basis of their national belonging.

“Stop-and-Frisk” Law – Amendment No. 5 to the Power for Maintaining Public Security Law Civil and Political Rights Active 2016
“Anti-Terror” (Counter-Terrorism) Law Criminal Law and ProceduresCivil and Political RightsFreedom of Association Active 2016
“Expulsion of MKs” Law – Amendment No. 44 to Basic Law: Knesset Civil and Political RightsPolitical Participation Active 2016
NGO “Funding Transparency” Law Freedom of Association Active 2016
Mandatory minimum sentences for convicted stone-throwers – Amendment No. 120 to the Israeli Penal Code Criminal Law and Procedures Active 2015
Revoking child allowances from parents of children convicted of security offenses – Amendment No. 163 to the National Insurance Act Economic Rights Active 2015
Fines on parents of stone-throwers – Amendment No. 20 to the Youth (Care and Supervision) Law Criminal Law and Procedures Active 2015
Order stripping essential procedural safeguards from “security” detainees – Amendment No. 4 to the Criminal Procedure Law (Detainee Suspected of Security Offence) (Temporary Order) Criminal Law and Procedures Active 2015
Increased Governance and Raising the Qualifying Election Threshold – Bill to Amend Basic Law: The Government (1160) Political Participation Active 2014
Civil Wrongs Law – Amendment No. 8 (Liability of the State) 1967 Occupied Territories Active 2012
Criminal Procedure Law – Interrogating Suspects – Amendment No. 6 Criminal Law and Procedures Active 2012
Income Tax Ordinance – Amendment No. 191 1967 Occupied Territories Active 2012
Israeli Prisons Ordinance Amendment No. 43 – Prisoner-Attorney Meetings Criminal Law and Procedures Active 2012
Israeli Prisons Ordinance – Amendment No. 40 (Meetings with Lawyers) Criminal Law and Procedures Active 2011
“Anti-Boycott Law” – Prevention of Damage to the State of Israel through Boycott Civil and Political Rights Active 2011
Foreign Property Ownership – Israel Lands Law (Amendment No. 3) Land and Planning Rights Active 2011
“Admissions Committees Law” – Cooperative Societies Ordinance – Amendment No. 8 Land and Planning Rights Active 2011
Citizenship Law – Amendment No. 10 Citizenship Active 2011
“Nakba Law” – Amendment No. 40 to the Budgets Foundations Law Civil and Political Rights Active 2011
“Foreign Government Funding Law” – Law on Disclosure Requirements for Recipients of Support from a Foreign State Entity Freedom of Association Active 2011
Law to Strip Payments from a Current or Former Member of Knesset due to a Crime Economic Rights Active 2011
Extension of Detention – Criminal Procedure Law (Suspects of Security Offenses) (Temporary Order) – Amendment No. 2 Criminal Law and Procedures Active 2010
“Negev Individual Settlements” – Negev Development Authority Law – Amendment No. 4 Land and Planning Rights Active 2010
Absorption of Discharged Soldiers Law – Amendment No. 12 Education Active 2010
Land (Acquisition for Public Purposes) Ordinance – Amendment No. 10 Land and Planning Rights Active 2010
“Pardon Law” or “Amnesty Law” – Termination of Proceedings and Deletion of Records in the Disengagement Plan Law Civil and Political Rights Active 2010
Regional Councils Law (Date of General Elections) Special Amendment No. 6 Political Participation Active 2009
Israel Land Administration Law – Amendment No. 7 Land and Planning Rights Active 2009
National Priority Areas – The Economic Efficiency Law – Legislative Amendments for Implementing the Economic Plan for 2009-2010 Economic Rights Active 2009
Child Vaccinations and Child Allowances – Economic Efficiency Law Economic Rights Active 2009
Absorption of Discharged Soldiers Law – Amendment No. 7: Benefits for Discharged Soldiers Education Active 2008
Criminal Procedure Law – Interrogating Suspects – Amendment No. 4 Criminal Law and Procedures Active 2008
Criminal Procedure Law (Detainee Suspected of Security Offence) (Temporary Order) Criminal Law and Procedures Active 2006
“Ban on Family Unification” – Citizenship and Entry into Israel Law (Temporary Order) Citizenship Active 2003
Law of Political Parties – Amendment No. 12 Political Participation Active 2002
Use of Hebrew Date Law Culture and Language Active 1998
Knesset Law Political Participation Active 1994
Basic Law: The Government Criminal Law and Procedures Active 1992
Second Authority for Television and Radio Law Culture and Language Active 1990
The Golan Heights Law 1967 Occupied Territories Active 1981
Interpretation Law Sources of Law Active 1981
Public Lands Law (Eviction of Squatters) Land and Planning Rights Active 1981
Basic Law: Jerusalem, Capital of Israel 1967 Occupied Territories Active 1980
Foundations of Law Act Sources of Law Active 1980
Religious Jewish Services Law Religion Active 1971
Law of Yad Yitzhak Ben-Zvi (1969) and Law of Mikve Israel Agricultural School (1976) Culture and Language Active 1969
Protection of Holy Sites Law Religion Active 1967
National Planning and Building Law -Limitation of Water, Electricity and Telephone Land and Planning Rights Active 1965
National Planning and Building Law Land and Planning Rights Active 1965
Broadcasting Authority Law Culture and Language Active 1965
Basic Law: Israel Lands Land and Planning Rights Active 1960
Israel Land Administration Law Land and Planning Rights Active 1960
Basic Law: The Knesset Political Participation Active 1958
Jewish National Fund Law Land and Planning Rights Active 1953
State Education Law Education Active 1953
Land Acquisition Law (Actions and Compensation) Land and Planning Rights Active 1953
World Zionist Organization-Jewish Agency (Status) Law Culture and Language Active 1952
Entry into Israel Law Citizenship Active 1952
Citizenship Law Citizenship Active 1952
Law of Return Citizenship Active 1950
Absentees’ Property Law Land and Planning Rights Active 1950
State Stamp Law National Identity Symbols Active 1949
Flag and Emblem Law National Identity Symbols Active 1949
Law and Government Ordinance, Article 18A Religion Active 1948
Defense Regulations (Times of Emergency), Regulation 125 (Closed Zones) Land and Planning Rights Active 1945
Trade with the Enemy Ordinance Culture and Language Active 1939

This list is based on the one published at ADALAH. Additional information by Staat van Beleg.

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