A Just Society at Peace with Itself and Its Neighbors

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 and to promote the protection of human rights for all people living under Israel’s control.

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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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  • Success for Arab Women in the Municipal Elections

    The number of women representatives of Arab municipalities nearly doubled in last week’s municipal elections. This follows a major NIF grant to five organizations (led by grantees Mossawa and Women against Violence) for the purpose of increasing female representation from all parties on local councils.

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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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  • 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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