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.
Calling for Accountability with 1,019 Empty Chairs
Omdim Beyachad (Standing Together) staged a creative protest against the government’s mishandling of the COVID-19 crisis.
Ensuring Equity for Bedouin Villages
Eight Bedouin towns are now benefiting from regional public facilities revenues after Bedouin leaders received guidance from Shatil and Bimkom: Planners for Planning Rights. By ensuring a fairer distribution of government allocations towards Bedouin communities, this work can dramatically improve living conditions in Bedouin villages, some of the poorest towns in Israel.
Standing Up for Asylum Seekers
Thanks to a petition from several NIF grantees including Kav LaOved – Worker’s Hotline, ASSAF – Aid Organisation for Refugees and Asylum Seekers, and the Hotline for Refugees and Migrants, Israel’s Supreme Court struck down the 2017 “Deposit Law,” which confiscated 20% of every paycheck earned by the 36,000 asylum seekers in Israel. Under the draconian law, intended to incentivise leaving the country, this money was held by the government until asylum seekers did so.
Shatil Spotlight: Mor Efrat of Physicians for Human Rights Israel
Meet Mor Efrat, working to expand the vision of Physicians for Human Rights Israel.