Palestinian Citizens

Advancing Equality for Israel’s Largest Minority

NIFC works to promote full equality for Palestinian citizens of Israel, who comprise 20% of Israel’s population, and to enhance their participation in Israel’s democratic processes and institutions.

The Palestinian-Israeli community is the main national non-Jewish minority within Israel and is affected directly by the historical Israeli-Arab conflict. Discrimination against this minority is rife in allocation of public resources, representation in decision-making bodies, and more.

Specifically, our focuses are correcting the deep inequality of land use and building permits denied to Arab communities, supporting initiatives to empower Palestinian-Israeli women, and promoting civic engagement.

Examples of recently-funded projects include Bimkom’s work to secure public services for unrecognized Bedouin villages and NIF-Shatil’s support to the leaders of Arab civil society organizations during COVID-19.

Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel

Litigation and Media Outreach to Protect and Defend the Human Rights of Arab Bedouin Citizens of Israel living in the Naqab (Negev)

Adalah is the leading Palestinian legal center and human rights organization based in Israel and the sole Palestinian-run organization that works before Israeli courts to protect the human rights of Palestinians in Israel. Adalah is the primary legal agency supporting Bedouin communities in the Negev, including as a member of the Naqab Emergency Room coalition. In 2024, this project will focus on legal aid on behalf of Bedouin communities in the Negev, whose abilities to access their economic and social rights have become even more compromised since the start of the war.

Bimkom – Planners For Planning Rights

Strengthening Bedouin Community Resilience

Bimkom–Planners for Planning Rights strengthens democracy and human rights in the field of special planning and housing policies in the Negev for the 100,000 citizens living in unrecognized Bedouin villages. The Gaza war has taken a particular toll on these communities: they suffered deaths and kidnappings by Hamas on October 7 and lacked both bomb shelters and warning sirens. In 2024, this project will provide the research underlying long-term solutions for these unrecognized communities, along with direct assistance.

Defending Palestinian and Arab Israeli Journalists

Defending Palestinian and Arab Israeli Journalists

Harassment, violence, and political repression against Palestinian citizens of Israel, and especially journalists has spiked since October 7. I’LAM: Arab Center for Media Freedom and Research, works to empower Arab Palestinian society and train Arab journalists, and...

Shatil Spotlight: Helping Bedouins in the Negev

Shatil Spotlight: Helping Bedouins in the Negev

On the morning of October 7, the Alqur’an family awoke to the deafening shrieks of rockets hurtling toward their small desert community. After the rockets’ impact, several family members approached the explosion site to check for casualties. Shortly afterwards, a...

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