Civil & Human Rights

Why?

civil and human rights 6Every Israeli should have the right to adequate housing, employment, infrastructure, and social services. Israel is home to different religious and ethnic minorities and while many enjoy full equality, others have a difficult time realizing their rights.

 

Did you know?

The 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. 

Our strategy:

NIFC believes that we have to work in the educational arena to nurture appreciation and understanding for human and civil rights. We’re out in the field educating students, social workers, prison employees and teachers about the rights of the people they serve. This work is at the core of our identity as a cutting-edge organization taking on the most difficult issues.

Our 2014 Civil & Human Rights projects include:

Arab Jewish Center for Equality, Empowerment and Cooperation (AJEEC) of the Negev Institute for Strategies of Peace and Development (NISPED): Co-operative Development Centre

SHATIL: Capacity Building for Refugee and Asylum-Seeker Organizations

Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI): Public Education for Human Rights

Mahapach-Taghir: Learning Communities in Tamra and Yaffat el-Nassera

Molad: Research and Public Education for the Renewal of Israeli Democracy

New Israel Fund: Civil Liberties Law Fellows Program

SHATIL: Strengthening Israel’s Non-Profit Sector

 

 Our work makes a difference.

As Ha’aretz described it in 2006, “In effect, there is hardly any significant socially oriented organization today in Israel that does not owe its existence to the New Israel Fund.”

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With the help of Achoti: For Women in Israel, the African Refugee Development Center (ARDC), NIF and SHATIL, the mixed group of “Power to the Community” was formed with the aim of tackling the South Tel-Aviv neighborhood problems together.

 The group organizes joint neighborhood patrols and communicates with the police about better lighting and an end to what they see as the municipality’s neglect of the neighborhood. With the proceeds of a community market, the group helps residents in dire need. “When we started, Israelis called Africans infiltrators. Today you have Israelis who call Africans by their names.”

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.The Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) has developed materials for internal police corps training that will be conducted by the commander of each police station in Israel.  Each station commander lectures to the station’s cadets and officers, enhancing the likely receptiveness towards the topic of human rights on part of the members of the police force.  The pedagogical materials ACRI wrote critically examine the reasoning behind classification and profiling based on ethnic, racial, religious, sexual and socioeconomic background and other factors. 

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Following Molad: The Center for the Renewal of Democracy’s publication of a Hebrew adaptation of Chaim Gans’ book A Just Zionism, the Ministry of Education approached Molad with a request to design and implement a full day workshop on the book and its content for over 100 civics teachers to investigate the various ways to teach Egalitarian Zionism in Israeli classrooms. 

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