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Israeli Sex Offenders Are No Longer Allowed to Change Name

[haaretz.com – 1/1/19]

The Knesset on Monday passed into law a bill that prohibits people convicted of sex crimes from changing their name.

“The law came about as a response to complaints by women who were shocked to learn they had been in a relationship with convicted sex offenders in the past,” said Meretz MK Michal Rozin, who drafted the law.

“This had been hidden from them since the men had changed their names. We’re now letting the public and the victims protect themselves from people convicted of sex crimes.”

In explanatory notes to the law it says that every citizen is allowed to change his or her name or surname, but that convicted sex offenders could abuse this right in order to continue endangering the public under another name. The notes go on to say there is no dispute that a convict can open a new page in life, but that limits need to be in place.

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  1. Jack

    Netanyahu is a fascist sympathizer and this is the kinda thing that proves it. Total disgrace.

    • Eric Knight

      Actually, it was the Knesset (analogous to California State Legislature or US Congress) who made the law. Unlike California or the U.S., their legislative body doesn’t require their chief executive (Netanyahu) to sign off on the bill (nor can he veto it).

      I haven’t been able to find the actual vote breakdown, so I can’t tell if there was liberal vs conservative differences of note, though the drafter of the bill, Mordhay Yogev, supported Netanyahu’s opponent in the last election. Take that what you will.

  2. Eric

    How ironic that in the land that claims the birth of Him who preached forgiveness for sins.

  3. Tim

    @ Name change law & SOR.

    John G Roberts himself declared the regime imposed no affirmative disability in the record. Wisconsin passed the regulatory restraint upon conviction too and at the very same session that SOR was passed. So the regime DID indeed impose affirmative disability on name changes.
    Our courts support those who do not uphold constitutional restraint de facto. If Roberts is no friend to liberty and thereby no friend of the people.

    • C

      Is there a secret decoder ring that puts this in lay terms?

      • ab

        Not exactly sure what all that was intended to communicate, but I believe it means the laws in the United States have had name change provisions since becoming law and any challenges thus far have not been successful. In other words go ahead change your name then register again within X number of days with the new name or face a failure to register charge eventually.

        • Tim

          The point was affirmative disability was part of the regime’s intent, furthermore registrants are listed with name and any a.k.a.( Known) associated with the individual in such a way rendering a law restricting name change moot. Changing phenomenal name would result in the new name being listed AS WELL AS the old one. This point emphasizes the restriction as completely punitive in intent.

          Big brother has his cake and eats it too!

        • Anonymous

          Many people have changed names and it’s more about the state you are in. Florida has a rule that if you change your name you still have to register. Not all states do. If you move to a state that doesn’t have that rule you can do it. Also some states don’t require registration based on a charge that Florida would require registration. You move then change your name. Don’t come back or you will have to register the new name. The old name will still be on the Florida registry. This is not only possible but has been done by many others.

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