Civil and Human Rights Projects
New Israel Fund of Canada works to help Israel live up to its founders' vision of a state that ensures complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants without regard to religion, race or gender. This work is at the core of our identity as a cutting-edge organization taking on the most difficult issues. The following are some of our current projects safeguarding human and civil rights in Israel.
Association For Civil Rights in Israel’s Public Hotline
NIFC works with a key NGO the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) to help educate and inform Israelis about civil liberties and human rights. This is accomplished through ACRI's web site, which is updated daily and is a highly efficient means for providing the public with the latest information about possible rights violations and options for redress. Public education via social media informs members of the public about the status of fundamental rights and liberties.
For example ACRI has produced an online question and answer sheet explaining the differences between unrecognized villages in the Negev, home demolitions of Palestinians in Area C of the Occupied Territories, and the demolition of unauthorized Israeli outposts in the Occupied Territories. Other recent achievements include publishing a rights pamphlet in Hebrew and in Arabic, containing information about the rights of demonstrators under Israeli law.
Equality Index wih Sikkuy
Sikkuy is a civil society organization in Israel concerned with equality between Jewish and Arab citizens of Israel on many different levels. A key Sikkuy activity is to conduct research and publish educational reports documenting the level of inequality/equality between Jewish and Arab citizens of Israel. This includes government funding, allocation of resources, hiring policy, health and education services and other fields. NIFC is working with Sikkuy to compile its 2012 Equality Index which helps quantify the levels of equality/inequality between Jewish and Arab citizens in Israel, providing information to the public informing the need for Arab-Jewish equality and served as a tool for civil society organizations concerned about equality and poverty.