Israel issues first online injunctions as gambling crackdown increases

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A court in Israel has levied its first injunction on three online gambling sites, ordering local ISPs to block the operators under authority granted by the Powers to Prevent Offenses Through an Internet Site Law 5767-2017.

The Tel Aviv District Court, chaired by Judge Zion Kapah, issued the ruling following a state prosecutor submission and directives from the Israeli Police.

“It is within the focus of the Israel Police’s effort to deal with severe economic crime in the area of ​​gambling organization and management,” said a statement from the Ministry of Justice.

“The Israeli Police Unit for Combating Economic Crime in Lahav 433 has been working to expose sites that operate gambling in order to allow them to be closed.”

Despite not all of the sites offering a Hebrew-language interface, the sites were blocked as part of the Israeli Government’s conviction that gambling carries with it inherent criminal intention.

The enactment of Law 5767-2017 followed the outlawing of the country’s slot machine industry and a ban on race betting the same year.

Haim Wismonsky, director of the country’s economic crime unit, added the anti-online drive will continue, stating “the State Prosecutor’s Office will soon submit additional requests for the removal or blocking of these sites.”


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