Civil & Human Rights

Advancing Equality for All Israelis

Israel's Declaration of Independence establishes a state that ensures "complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants irrespective of religion, race or sex." NIF works to transform that ideal into reality.

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  • Jewish and Arab Fans Join Together to Kick Racism Out of Soccer

    Dozens of Arab and Jewish fans met before the opening match of Israel's new soccer season to prepare anti-racism banners. The fans of Hapoel Tel Aviv and from the Arab city of Sakhnin also discussed the need for shared society and tolerance. The fans' banners were prevalent in the stands as the players came onto the field wearing "Football for All" shirts in Arabic, Hebrew, and English. The players then kicked "Respect" balls, donated by the Union of European Football Associations, into the crowd.

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  • Landmark Ruling on Refugees in Israel

    Asaf Weitzen, 34, is a lawyer with Hotline for Migrant Workers, one of the petitioners in the historic Supreme Court case challenging the Anti-Infiltration Law, which incarcerated more than 2000 African refugees without due process or recourse to the possibility of asylum. Following the verdict, NIF spoke to him to get his reaction to the landmark victory.

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  • Breakthrough for Movement for Freedom of Information

    In a victory for transparent government, Justice Minister Tzipi Livni has announced that government dealings with private groups will now be made public.

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  • Activist Celebrates Legal Victory Against Extremist Group

    Following Im Tirtzu's outrageous and personal smear campaign against the New Israel Fund and progressive organizations in Israel in 2010, a group of eight activists began a facebook page called 'Im Tirtzu is a Fascist movement.' Alleging that the term "fascist" constituted libel, and in an undisguised attempt to shut down criticism of their goals and activities, Im Tirtzu took the activists to court. And lost. Following the Jerusalem District Court's ruling last week, which rejected almost all charges against the activists and which characterized Im Tirtzu as having "fascist attributes" NIF spoke to defendant Edan Ring about his reactions to the victory.

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STORIES & SUCCESSES

  • "It's accessibility to life"

    A course for Israelis with disabilities has given Bosmat Nakash a new start on life.
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  • Breakthrough for Movement for Freedom of Information

    In a victory for democracy, government dealings with private groups will now be made public. Read More...

  • Increased Transparency for Knesset Hearings

    A request from NIF grantee the Social Guard will, for the first time, obligate roll calls for Knesset committees. Read More...