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.
Hundreds Protest Settler Violence and Lack of Water in Hebron Hills
Hundreds of Israelis came to the South Hebron Hills last weekend to protest settler violence and stand in solidarity with the Palestinian villagers in the region. The rally was held at the Palestinian village of Mafkara where masked settlers rampaged on Simchat Torah, hurling rocks at villagers. The settlers threw a rock at a three-year-old boy, leaving him hospitalized with a fractured skull and internal bleeding. So far, six settlers and Jerusalem residents have been arrested while two Palestinians were arrested for attacking soldiers.
Securing Health Care Rights for Asylum Seekers
Last week, in an unprecedented visit, Israel’s new Minister of Health Nitzan Horowitz traveled to the Physicians for Human Rights Israel (PHRI) clinic for asylum seekers in Jaffa. This was the first time that a sitting Minister of Health had ever toured the premises of a PHRI facility. The organisation was founded in 1988. Horowitz and fellow Meretz MK Michal Rozin discussed the issue of reducing health service gaps 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.