Israel Bars Sex Offenders From Victims’ Schools

Amendment to law adds place of study to home and workplace of victim as out-of-bounds for offenders.

Students on the campus of Tel Aviv University in 2012.
Alon Ron

The Knesset on Wednesday passed into law a bill that would allow courts to forbid a sex offender to return to the educational institution where the victim studies or works. This is an amendment to the existing law, which until now allowed a court to block the offender from living or working near his victim. The MKs unanimously approved the bill, which was sponsored by MK Yael German (Yesh Atid).

The chairman of the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee, MK Nissan Slomiansky (Habayit Hayehudi), presented German’s bill.

“I think this law is very worthy,” he said. “The current law gives the court authority to restrict by order a person who committed a sex crime, because an encounter between the attacker and his victim can do great emotional damage to the victim. The law always talks about the two places in which a person spends a lot of his time – his place of residence and his workplace. But there is another place where people spend a lot of time, and that’s in a learning environment. There, too, there can be an encounter that could cause the same damage.

“So this bill comes to add places of study to the existing law, meaning that the offender cannot live, work or study near where the victim lives, works or studies,” he said.