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The battle against online gambling in
Israel is gathering steam this week with news that the police crackdown
has increased in the last week, with authorities increasing the number of
mandates against internet service providers allowing access to internet
casinos websites. According to a report by the publication Calcalist, the
police are backed by both the state prosecutors office as well as tax
officials with a slew of new injunctions being signed off on this week.
Of course, thatís not to say that all of the ISP companies are complying without question. Since the injunctions started coming in last month, many of them have asked for extension to the compliance requirements, and have been consulting their legal team as to their true obligations. The mandates state that under the penalty of law, it is the responsibility of the ISP companies to block access to internet casino websites. All of the directives are signed off on by police district commanders. Whatís interesting is the fact that no confirmation seems to be available as to whether the measures have been officially approved by the courts.
Some companies, however, have decided to comply until a decision has been made either way, such as the ISP provider 012 Smile. The State Prosecutors Office has said that they define the internet as a dangerous place where participation in illegal games can take place, and that is the responsibility of the government to take precautions as necessary Ė even if that means cutting off access to all online gambling sites. Even well-known and respected internet gambling brands like Victor Chandler and Stan James are on the lists to be blocked.
And there is no end in sight, as of yet with government officials going on record as saying: "Enforcement agencies do not view the blocked [ISP] access as the end of the story, but rather part of the ongoing battle against this widespread phenomenon, and more sites may be blocked in the future."
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