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 to Protect Human Rights on Social & Economic Issues

ACRI is the country’s largest and oldest civil liberties organization. Our 2020 project assists those who are victims of economic discrimination through legal advocacy and public outreach related to racial profiling, gaps in health services, and the criminal justice system. During the current crisis, ACRI is protecting the most vulnerable on issues like health in prisons, health services to all residents in Jerusalem, and access to disability benefits.

Ir Amim: “City of Nations”

Palestinian Housing Rights in East Jerusalem

Ir Amim, whose name means “City of Nations,” seeks to make Jerusalem more equitable for Palestinian residents through policy monitoring and public education. Our 2020 project focuses on the data collection, monitoring, and public education about home demolitions and the lack of public services in East Jerusalem – critical factors in stemming the current health crisis.

Physicians for Human Rights-Israel (PHR-I)

Providing Access to Health Care to Disadvantaged Populations

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) delivers medical services and advocates for health issues in underserved populations. Our 2020 project focuses on health services to status-less people, such as asylum-seekers and refugees in South Tel Aviv, by providing urgently-needed medical services and information. During the current health crisis, our project is fully focused on COVID-related information, advocacy, and testing for these populations.

Advancing Progressive Values

Advancing Progressive Values

This August, Israel’s government approved an annual budget for the first time since 2018. The budget must now make its way through Knesset committees and be passed into law by November 4, or the new government will fall. This constitutes a critical time for Israel’s...

Securing Health Care Rights for Asylum Seekers

Securing Health Care Rights for Asylum Seekers

Last week, in an unprecedented visit, Israel’s new Minister of Health Nitzan Horowitz travelled to our project partner Physicians for Human Rights Israel's (PHRI) clinic for asylum seekers in Jaffa. This was the first time that a sitting Minister of Health had ever...

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