Human & Civil Rights

Equality for Every Citizen and Human Rights for All

NIFC works to realize Israel’s founding ideal of complete equality for all Israeli citizens, and to protect the human rights of all under Israeli authority – including asylum seekers, migrant workers, and Palestinians in the Occupied Territories.

Over the past decade, respect in Israel for democracy and human rights has declined, both among government leaders and many segments of the public. Israel’s world ranking according to measures of rights and freedoms continues to fall.

Our strategies for this issue focus on reversing restrictions on freedom of speech and expression, which underpin vibrant public debate on all issues. A second focus aims to end over 50 years of occupation by keeping the issue on the public agenda, even when it is unpopular.

Examples of recently-funded projects include the Association for Civil Rights in Israel’s legal defense for victims of economic discrimination, Physicians for Human Rights-Israel’s medical clinic for asylum seekers and refugees, and Ir Amim’s monitoring of Palestinian human rights in East Jerusalem.

The Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI)

Litigation and Media Outreach to Protect and Defend Human and Social Rights in Israel

ACRI is the leading organization protecting human and social rights in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. This year, safeguarding human rights in Israel is especially important following a year of attacks on democracy and civil liberties by the extremist Israeli government, attacks which have only intensified since October 7 and the consequent state of emergency. In 2024, this project will offer education and legal guidance to potentially hundreds of thousands of Israelis through ACRI’s hotline and legal assistance.

 

Breaking the Silence

Educating Young People on the Occupation

Breaking the Silence is an organization of veteran combatants who have served in the Israeli military. They work to stimulate public debate about the price paid for a reality in which young soldiers rule over a civilian population and control Palestinians’ everyday lives. For most young Jewish Israelis, discussion of the occupation is absent from Israel’s education system; military service will be their first encounter with Palestinian and the reality of the occupation. In 2024, this project will educate students and educators about human rights in the Occupied Territories in both formal and informal settings, such as youth group chapters and high schools.

FakeReporter

Exposing the Mechanisms Behind Malicious Online Activity

FakeReporter exposes malicious online activity aimed at democratic systems, inauthentic influence campaigns, fraud, hate speech, incitement, conspiracies, and lies. FakeReporter exposes the mechanisms and actors behind online malicious activity, assists activists and organizations under attack, increases the accountability of tech companies and involvement of civil servants, as well as provides real time crisis response. In 2024, this project will research online malicious activity, assist victims suffering harassment, and publish information for the public and authorities.

Yesh Din

Law Enforcement on Settler Violence

FakeReporter exposes malicious online activity aimed at democratic systems, inauthentic influence campaigns, fraud, hate speech, incitement, conspiracies, and lies. FakeReporter exposes the mechanisms and actors behind online malicious activity, assists activists and organizations under attack, increases the accountability of tech companies and involvement of civil servants, as well as provides real time crisis response. In 2024, this project will research online malicious activity, assist victims suffering harassment, and publish information for the public and authorities.

Defending Medical Ethics

Defending Medical Ethics

On January 30, Israeli security forces–disguised as medical personnel–raided a hospital in the West Bank city of Jenin and killed three Palestinian men thought to be affiliated with the terrorist groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad. Israeli military leadership justified...

Protesting for Peace

Protesting for Peace

On January 18, thousands of Israelis–Jewish and Palestinian–took to the streets, chanting “only peace will bring security.” NIF partners Standing Together, Women Wage Peace, and so many others organized in cities across Israel—their demands? An end to the war and the...

Stopping Netanyahu’s Judicial Overhaul

Stopping Netanyahu’s Judicial Overhaul

Photo Credit: Daphne Banky/Shatil Stock For nearly a year before October 7, Israelis were protesting their far-right government’s attempt to strip the Supreme Court of key powers. Last week, the court pushed back. When we heard the news, NIF's International CEO,...

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