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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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Knesset Raises Minimum Age of Marriage

    In a victory for the rights of Arab and ultra-Orthodox women, the Knesset has raised the minimum age of marriage from 17 to 18. The amendment to the 1950 Age of Marriage Law passed its final vote with 55 in favor and 11 against. The vote follows a ten-year campaign by NIF grantee the Working Group for Equality in Personal Status Issues. Previously, religious parties had managed to prevent this legislation from being implemented.

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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.
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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...