A new bill on sexual harassment was approved by the Ministerial Committee for Legislation on Monday. Currently accusers can only collect up to 50,000 shekels in damages if there is no proof that the accuser was harmed. If the accuser wishes to collect more in damages, they must prove in court that harm was caused. The new bill would raise the compensation to 150,000 shekels. The bill was submitted by Member of Knesset Michal Rosin (Meretz party).
In Israel sexual harassment is defined as: degrading or humiliating behavior, repeated unwanted references to sexual identity, repeated unwanted implications of a sexual nature, or extortion.
In a related measure, on Sunday, the Ministerial Committee for Legislation approved a bill to expand the definition of sexual harassment to include pictures taken and distributed without a person's knowledge or against his or her will. The punishment would be up to five years imprisonment.