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.
NIF makes emergency grant to support African refugees
Yesterday, at an historical rally in downtown Tel Aviv, 20,000 African migrants and refugees gathered to protest harsh new laws aimed at their status in Israel.
Asylum Seekers March to Jerusalem
A group of around 200 Sudanese asylum seekers marched to Jerusalem in an attempt to gain official recognition of their refugee statuses. Most of the marchers have been imprisoned for almost two years and none of their asylum requests – which were filed with the assistance of NIF grantee Hotline for Refugees and Migrants (previously Hotline for Migrant Workers) – have been answered. Following the protest, they were arrested and transferred to Saharonim Prison, where they will be detained for two months before being returned to the newly established Holot detention center.
Proposed Knesset Bill Targets Free Speech . . . Again
NIF has come out in opposition to the proposed 'NGO Bill', according to which Israeli NGOs would be taxed at different rates based on the content of their speech.
High Court of Justice Warns State on Incitement
Last Wednesday, the High Court of Justice demanded an explanation form the state as to why it has not indicted rabbis Yitzhak Shapira and Yosef Elitzur for their authorship of the highly controversial book Torat Hamelech.
STORIES & SUCCESSES
High Court Orders Closure of Detention Camps for African Refugees
In a major victory for human rights, Israel's Supreme Court has ruled that refugees can no longer be held indefinitely in detention camps. Read More...
New Regulations Allow Compensation for "Price Tag" Damage
New legislation ensures compensation for Palestinian Israeli victims of hate crimes.
Breakthrough for Movement for Freedom of Information
In a victory for democracy, government dealings with private groups will now be made public. Read More...