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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  • 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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  • Profile: Rotem Ilan of Israeli Children

    Rotem Ilan waits outside the Bialik-Rogozin School in South Tel Aviv, where most of the pupils are the children of foreign workers. She greets many of them personally when they finish school, and they respond to her like she's their sister. After all, she's one of the reasons they're there. NIF grantee Israeli Children, which she established in 2009 and which was merged with flagship NIF grantee the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) last summer, played a crucial role in ensuring they could stay in the country.

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  • "It's accessibility to life"

    Bosmat Nakash and her family immigrated to Israel from Iraq just before the Six Day War. Among the changes she experienced in her new country was a more tolerant attitude toward her disability.

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  • Jewish and Arab Fans Join Together to Kick Racism Out of Soccer

    Dozens of Arab and Jewish fans met before the opening match of Israel's new soccer season to prepare anti-racism banners. The fans of Hapoel Tel Aviv and from the Arab city of Sakhnin also discussed the need for shared society and tolerance. The fans' banners were prevalent in the stands as the players came onto the field wearing "Football for All" shirts in Arabic, Hebrew, and English. The players then kicked "Respect" balls, donated by the Union of European Football Associations, into the crowd.

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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...