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Human Rights and Democracy | New Initiatives for Democracy (NIFD) | Palestinian Israelis
Shared Society | Social and Economic Justice | Religious Freedom

Human Rights and Democracy

ASSAF: Aid Organization for Refugees and Asylum Seekers
Aids refugees and asylum seekers in Israel by providing advocacy and support, including psychological support.
Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI)
Works to ensure Israel’s accountability and respect for human rights, by addressing violations committed by Israeli authorities in Israel, the occupied territories, or elsewhere.
Bimkom: Planners for Planning Rights
Advances the development of planning policies and practices that are more just and respectful of human rights, and responsive to the needs of local communities.
Breaking the Silence
Collects soldiers’ testimonies in order to raise public awareness about the consequences of the occupation.
Supports human rights monitoring in the territories and intervenes on behalf of individuals whose rights have been violated.
Emek Shaveh
Works to defend cultural heritage rights and to protect ancient sites as public assets that belong to members of all communities, faiths, and peoples.
Hotline for Refugees and Migrants
Combines client advocacy, impact litigation, policy initiatives and public outreach to ensure respect for the human rights of migrants.
Human Rights Defenders Fund (HRDF)
Protects protestors and activists through legal aid, and by creating legal precedents and practices that will ultimately influence the law and policy.
Human Rights Defenders Fund (HRDF) and Yesh Din — Joint Project
Conducts public and legal advocacy in order to pressure Israel’s authorities to cease violations in the occupied territories.
Ir Amim
Works to make Jerusalem a more equitable and sustainable city for the Israelis and Palestinians who share it and to help secure a negotiated resolution for the future of the city.
Noar Kahalacha
Combats ethnic discrimination in ultra-Orthodox educational institutions through a hotline, advocacy, and education about rights.
SISO – Save Israel. Stop the Occupation.
Unites Jewish progressive forces in the Diaspora with Israeli initiatives for coordinated action and collective impact to end the occupation.
The Freedom of Information Association
Works to establish and reinforce the public’s right to receive information of public concern by way of the Freedom of Information Act.
The Public Committee Against Torture in Israel (PCATI)
Works through the legal and public sphere to end torture and ill-treatment at the hands of Israeli law enforcement and investigatory authorities.
The Social Guard
Strengthens Israeli democracy by encouraging public participation in monitoring the Knesset’s legislative activities on social justice.
Women’s Fund for Human Rights (Machsom Watch)
Monitors IDF checkpoints in the West Bank and educates the Israeli public about the effects of the occupation.

New Initiatives for Democracy (NIFD)

KIAH – Kol Israel Haverim
Promoting a moderate Jewish voice that advances social justice and humanistic values.
Mitvim: The Israeli Institute for Regional Foreign Policies
Promotes new paradigms for Israel’s foreign policies, enhances Israel’s regional belonging, and advances Israeli-Arab peace.
Our Heritage (Morashtenu)
Promotes the full-scale involvement of Russian-speakers into Israeli civil life and calls for complete equality of all residents.
Peace and Security Association (Council for Peace and Security)
Brings progressive-minded security expertise and perspective into the public sphere.
Brings together Israelis from diverse ethnic, religious and sociological backgrounds to create a different kind of Israeli politics based on strong relationships and trust.
The Seventh Eye
Publishes a website devoted to promoting critical discussion of Israeli media and pointing out media bias, discrimination, and racism.
The Tikun Movement for Social and Cultural Change in Israel
Promoting moderate traditional Jewish perspectives in support of religious freedom, shared society and social justice.
The Whistle
Fact checks statements by public figures to enable Israelis to have an informed and critical understanding of the news.
ZAZIM – Community Action
Mobilizes Israelis to take action through digital campaigns on the most pressing issues facing Israeli society.

Palestinian Israelis

Adalah: Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel
Engages in litigation and advocacy efforts by and for Arab citizens of Israel to ensure the rights of this community.
The Arab Center for Alternative Planning
Advocates for equal allocation of land resources to the Arab population, and their representation in planning committees and institutions.
Dirasat – The Arab Center for Law and Policy
Develops alternatives to policy frameworks and enhances strategic thinking to promote equality for Palestinian citizens of Israel.
Kayan – Feminist Organization for Arab Women
Advocates for fair and gender-conscious distribution of local authorities’ budgets by empowering Arab women to demand equality.
Lagiya: Association for the Improvement of the Status of Women
Improves the economic and social status of Bedouin women and advances the educational achievements of Bedouin youth.
Mossawa Center – The Advocacy Center for Arabs Citizens in Israel
Promotes the economic, social, cultural, political, and collective rights of the Palestinian Arab citizens in Israel.
Tishreen: A Culture Reviving Association – Taybeh
Promotes grassroots civic activism by and for the region’s Arab citizens and strengthens civil society in Taybeh and the Triangle region.
Women Against Violence (WAV)
Advances the status of Palestinian women in Israel and confronts domestic violence by providing direct services, raising public awareness, and advocacy work.

Shared Society

The Abraham Fund Initiatives
Works to close the gaps between Jewish and Arab Israelis via multi-level advocacy, practice-based research, and policy development.
Promotes Jewish-Arab partnership and fosters sustainable development among communities in transition.
Challenge (Etgar)
Deals with conflict resolution around issues such as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and promotes the creation of a collective shared identity for all the different groups that comprise Israeli society.
Givat Haviva
Supports a local, holistic program to link Jewish and Arab communities in the Triangle region.
Leo Baeck Educational Center
Sponsors Arab-Jewish shared existence and works with Haifa’s most dynamic and mixed neighborhoods.
Negev Coexistence Forum
Supports cultural, educational, and social activities that promote cooperation between the Jewish and Bedouin populations in the Negev.
Hagar: Jewish-Arab Education for Equality
Advances policies to help medium- and low-income households in Israel secure adequate and affordable housing.
Sikkuy: Israel Association for the Advancement of Equal Opportunity
Develops and implements projects to advance equality between Arab and Jewish citizens of Israel.
T’mura – The Israeli Anti-Discrimination Legal Center
Provides pro-bono legal services to minority groups that do not receive substantive equality in Israel.
Tebeka – Justice and Equality for Ethiopian Israelis
Safeguards the rights of Ethiopian-Israelis by ensuring their access to high quality, comprehensive and free legal services.

Social and Economic Justice

Achoti/Ahoti: Sister for Women in Israel
Strengthens the voices of women from marginalized communities, including women of Mizrahi, Ethiopian, and Palestinian origin.
Adva Center: Information on Equality and Social Justice in Israel
Provides policy analysis, advocacy, and public education on issues of inequality within Israel.
Ahuzat Negev
Runs projects in Ofakim, and in the Negev in general, to foster socioeconomic development of the area.
Forum for Immigrant Families in the North
Assists immigrant families by advancing accessibility to public housing, establishing a support center, and promoting their rights.
Mobilizes grassroots social change in south Tel Aviv neighborhoods which suffer from neglect exacerbated by the influx of asylum seekers.
Israeli Association for Ethiopian Jews (IAEJ)
Provides assistance to Ethiopian immigrants in absorption, education, housing, and the preservation of Ethiopian culture and tradition.
New Discourse: The Democratic Mizrahi Rainbow
Advocates for social rights, including housing and educational opportunities, for disadvantaged populations.
Tehuda – Lands Coalition
Implements distributive justice concerning land by modifying jurisdictional boundaries to create a fair division of income between local authorities.
The Israeli Association for Distributive Justice
Promotes the just distribution of resources in Israel through monitoring governmental activities, advocacy efforts, and legal petitions.

Religious Freedom

Beit Tikvat Em Habanim Smechah
Promotes the rights of ultra-Orthodox single-parent women and their children through organizing, advocacy, lobby, and empowerment.
Israel Hofsheet – Be Free Israel
Advocates for an Israel that practices cultural and religious pluralism, protects civil rights, and upholds the principles of democracy.
Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC)
Defends equality, social justice, and religious freedom within Israel, through the Israeli legal system, lobbying, and publications.
Kolech: Religious Women’s Forum
Supports advocacy by Orthodox women for women’s rights within the framework of Halacha, especially concerning marriage and divorce.
The Masorti (Conservative) Movement
Promotes recognition for non-Orthodox forms of Jewish practice in Israel by offering information about, and access to, alternative religious services.
Mavoi Satum (“Dead End”)
Provides legal and emotional support to women who have been refused a Jewish divorce and seeks a solution to the problem of divorce refusal.
Ne’emanei Torah Va’Avodah
Promotes the values of tolerance, equality and justice in Orthodox society, and forges a more open and tolerant discourse in Religious Zionism.


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