Israeli prosecutors have launched an offensive to end lap dance in strip clubs, while legislators from across the political spectrum support a bill to ban striptease across the board.
Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said Sunday that law enforcement has received a statement from the prosecutor's office stating that lap dancing can be considered a form of prostitution and is therefore a violation.
Officers now await instructions for enforcing the rule, he told AFP.
"The phenomenon known as & # 39; lapdance & # 39; is an act of prostitution in certain circumstances," says the policy rule, of which AFP saw a copy.
"The continuation of this activity is a criminal offense and reason for taking all the measures in the law", it added.
The police have informed the strip club of the policy change and warned that they would act to enforce it, the ruling said.
Rosenfeld confirmed that "some letters have been sent" to club owners.
Although the public prosecutor's office uses administrative tools to improve enforcement, parliamentarians from both the government and the opposition also sponsor amendments to the law that criminalize striptease as part of the cycle of prostitution & # 39 ;.
"The bill is intended to reflect in Israeli law the direct relationship between striptease and prostitution, both of which perpetuate the harmful and humiliating attitude towards women and their bodies", according to the draft amendment.
"The strip industry is closely connected to the prostitution sector, and a large part of the strip clubs are used as brothels." Although prostitution itself is legal in Israel, most related activities, such as questions, pimping and breast-feeding, are criminal offenses.
Last month the government approved a bill for the clients of fine prostitutes, which is expected to appear before the parliament after the summer break.