The Jerusalem District Court rejected, this week, the appeal of the owners of the Ha'oman 17 night club against a conviction on two counts of not enforcing a ban on smoking in a public place. The court also rejected the owners' appeal of the fine, imposing an increased fine of 7,500 shekels per count for a total of NIS 15,000 to be paid to the Jerusalem municipality.
The violations were first recorded by city inspectors in 2010. The owners claimed they could not stop everybody from smoking. The inspectors said that smokers were not told by security guards to put out their cigarettes when they entered the club or by club employees in a number of other instances.