Social and Economic Justice
Equality requires not just human and civil rights, but also equality of opportunity: freedom from poverty, access to education, employment and affordable housing, the right to basic public services and health care. The NIF works to ensure social and economic justice for all Israelis, the unemployed and those on low wages, single parents, the elderly, Israeli Arabs, new immigrants and Mizrachim. We support groups that campaign for their rights and work for equality of opportunity for all.
Millions secured for services in Bedouin Towns
NIF’s action arm Shatil and NIF grantee Bimkom – Planners for Planning Rights teamed up to assist the Bedouin town of Lakyia in securing long-term infrastructure and economic development.
Advocating for Arabic
In the wake of the recent violence in mixed Arab-Jewish cities, NIF grantee Sikkuy – The Association for the Advancement of Civic Equality has launched a campaign encouraging Jews to learn Arabic. The campaign, entitled “It’s also possible to do things differently,” is based on the assumption that the inability to communicate through language results in separation, unfamiliarity, alienation and fear.
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.
Victory Against Discriminatory Housing Practices
After a petition by the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, the Tel Aviv District Court ordered that the Tel Aviv municipality rewrite criteria for affordable housing which discriminated against older and low-income residents.