Israel rules against internet gambling
Judge Abraham Heiman has ruled
that Victor Chandler has violated laws banning the advertisement
of illegal gambling. According to Judge Heiman, a company cannot
use as an excuse the fact that their website and their servers
are located outside of the country, to promote gambling online.
He has ordered to the company to block all access to the website
from Israeli visitors. He continues, that in the era of
Internet, the laws should be reversed - meaning that what
matters is where the end user (the player at the casino) is
located, and not the providers of the services themselves.
Victor Chandler is the name of
an online gambling company which has a page in Hebrew. A couple
of weeks back, the CEO of the company, Michael Carlton, was
detained in Israel for questioning, and the ruling is the result
of it. According to Heiman, the presence of a Hebrew language on
the gambling website, along with the fact that people could
on sports teams from Israel was enough to indicate that the
online gambling website was targeting citizen of the country,
therefore the site is obligated to block all Israeli traffic.