Indy cites ‘still valid bizarre Israeli law’…which was actually repealed 13 years ago

The Independent (especially it’s i100 brand) often goes for BuzzFeed-style clickbait headlines, such as this, published on Dec. 11th:


Here’s the entire article, which includes, first on the list, a ‘bizarre law’ in Israel:


So, does Israeli law legalize illegal radio stations if they have operated (illegally) for more than five years?

Well, no actually.

To be clear, there was such a law, passed by the Knesset in 1999, designed to retroactively legalize what was then a pirate station known as Channel 7 (Arutz Sheva).  However, that law was overturned by the Supreme Court in 2002. (Also, see here, and scroll down to Oron M.K. v. Government of Israel). The court decided that the law “infringed on their lawful competitors’ freedom of occupation” and was therefore invalid.

File this under: Another UK media claim about Israel…that is simply untrue.


4 replies »

  1. I’m still trying to figure how that (now non-existent) law would strike anyone as a #1 against the rest of that list.
    Here’s one that didn’t make the list: In some countries a female adult is not allowed out of the house unless accompanied by a male relative. Is that bizarre or what?

  2. There was a world-wide phenomenon a few years ago of low powered neighbourhood radio stations created by hobbyists. Not sure what happened to it but likely the same people moved to doing podcasts.

    While sounding a bit strange there is nothing anti-Israel about publishing this. Essentially it gives someone who squats on a public frequency for a given length of time the right to use that frequency. No one, especially on the left, is going to be outraged about this – they’d probably like it.