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מי האיש החפץ חיים אוהב ימים לראות טוב, נצור לשונך מרע ושפתיך מדבר מרמה, תהילים לד

 

What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days ("ohev yamim"), that he may see good?Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile, Psalms 34

About The Blog

 

I am an attorney, admitted to the Israeli Bar and soon to be admitted to the New York Bar. I am a general practitioner but focus on defamation and privacy law. This blog records my thoughts on defamation law as it is developed in this revolutionary and exciting age. The name of the blog, "Ohev Yamim", comes from the book of Psalms ("Tehilim"), chapter 34 verse 13. To me, that verse, written by King David some 3,000 years ago, encompasses the essential idea behind an ideal speech culture- a true love of life requires the individual to focus not on others, but on himself/herself. 

 

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November 17, 2019

In a recent case issued on October 22, 2019, a court ruled for a defendant who invoked a good faith defense, claiming that his publication was protected "opinion" regarding a matter of public concern. Heseg v. Tal, Civ. Act. 23328-08-17 (Haifa Mag. Ct., Oct. 22, 2019)....

September 25, 2019

A recent Israeli court found that false accusations of "favoritism" in the public realm were actionable defamation. The statement concerned the appointment of the official spokesperson by the mayor of a regional council. The publications alleged that the appointee was...

September 8, 2019

Lately, I read several Israeli cases concerning publications that involved calling someone a "thief". It became clear that while the term "thief" is certainly not flattering, it does not necessarily result in liability for defamation. In the this post, I plan to demons...

August 29, 2019

In past posts, I have discussed at length when a statement is considered actionable defamation. There are statements that are simply incapable of being verified as true or false and, hence, immune from liability. See my earlier post here.  

At times it isn't a...

August 28, 2019

On July 14, 2019 a Tel-Aviv Magistrate court found a defendant liable for defamation as a result of "sharing" a defamatory post on Facebook. The defendant was of the belief that the post was true. When the plaintiff (an owner of a restaurant) notified him that it was f...

June 27, 2019

To the best of my knowledge, there have been no major developments in defamation law in Israel recently. However, every case, even the most mundane, are unique and usually contain something that practitioners can learn from. Monitz v. Schmidt, Civ. Act. 35328-10-17 (Te...

May 16, 2019

I have often wrote about the connection between defamation law and society. In this post I hope to go one step further, demonstrating how defamation law can also enlighten us to the human psyche. Specifically, I hope to relay how defamation law protects positive, altru...

April 12, 2019

An Israeli trial court recently found, yet again, that a racial slur constitutes defamation, and awarded the victim-plaintiff NIS 12,000 in statutory damages and NIS 6,000 in attorney’s fees.

In a previous post, I talked about how Israeli trial courts routinely make suc...

April 3, 2019

Two interesting issues worth mentioning came up in a recent decision by a Israeli trial court: 

1. In a recent Israeli case, a lower court found that in Israel, a statement imputing homosexuality carries with it a negative connotation and is therefore actionable. L...

March 6, 2019

On February 12, 2019, an Israeli court found, yet again, that a racial slur is defamation and actionable. Limor Tasama v. Zahava Omer, Civ. Act. 41811-04-16 (Ashk. Feb. 12, 2019). 

The court awarded the plaintiff, an Ethiopian, NIS 25,000, plus NIS 6,000 in attorneys fe...

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