Civil & Human Rights
Israel’s Declaration of Independence says: “Israel will ensure complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants irrespective of religion, race or gender; it will guarantee freedom of religion, conscience, language, education and culture.” NIF supports groups and projects working to fulfil this vision. From women’s and LGBT rights, to the relationship between synagogue and state, to protecting the rights of Jewish and non-Jewish minorities, NIF has founded, funded, trained or otherwise supported every significant human and civil rights organisation in Israel.
Victory for LGBTQ Families
In mid-July, Israel’s Supreme Court ruled the surrogacy ban on same-sex couples and single men unconstitutional and ordered the state to lift it within six months. The court rejected the government’s claim that passing a law allowing surrogacy for same-sex couples and single men was politically ‘unfeasible.’
Standing in Solidarity with Sheikh Jarrah
Dozens of Israelis marched through the streets of Jerusalem in June to the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood in solidarity with the Palestinian residents who face eviction from their homes. The march was organised by NIF grantee Omdim Beyachad (Standing Together), Israel’s Jewish-Arab grass roots movement, as well as other social change organisations.
Defending Freedom of Expression
NIF grantee Association for Civil Rights in Israel exposes how Israeli Police use defamation suits to stifle public criticism of police brutality.
Protecting the Right to Protest
After a petition by NIF grantees, Israel’s Supreme Court ruled against a COVID-19 restriction which limited citizens from participating in demonstrations more than 1000 meters from their homes.