When We Can’t Look Away

According to a study by the UN Refugee Agency, a mind-boggling 65.6 million people were displaced from their homes by conflict and persecution by the end of 2016. In their words: “20 people were driven from their homes every minute last year, or one every three seconds—less than the time it takes to read this sentence.” Continue reading

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Israeli Government Forced to Reconsider Anti-Gay Adoption Policy

10,000 people rallied in Tel Aviv in July to protest the Israeli government’s declaration that heterosexual couples should be given preference in the adoption process over same-sex couples. Continue reading

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Taking the Plight of Elderly Immigrants to the Knesset

Dr. Avraham Sharnopolsky, an 85 year-old Holocaust survivor, is one of the lucky ones. Continue reading

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Reducing Religious Indoctrination in Israel’s Schools

Israel’s Education Ministry has agreed with the criticisms of the Secular Forum which found that school textbooks designed for Israel’s secular state schools contained religious indoctrination. Continue reading

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Introducing Shatil’s New Design Studio

Take 20 creative, cutting-edge designers and expose them to Israel’s most pressing social change issues. Add the creator of the viral sensation “Israel-Loves-Iran/Iran-Loves-Israel” Facebook campaign and a place to meet. Continue reading

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Finding New Allies

Two weeks ago, the Israeli government backtracked on the decision to create a non-Orthodox, mixed-gender prayer space at the Western Wall in Jerusalem. Continue reading

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Defending Israelis’ Right to Protest

The Human Rights Defenders Fund (HRDF) and the NIFC partner Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) argued this month for the rights of demonstrators to protest against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after police used excessive force at a demonstration. Continue reading

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From Belfast to Jerusalem

Both Tomer Oshry and Hitham Slama were born after the Six Day War. Both grew up – one in a West Bank Settlement, the other in an Israeli-Arab town – before the first Intifada and still fondly remember enjoying good relations with their Jewish and Arab neighbors. Continue reading

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Life-Saving Radiotherapy Center Opens in Tzfat

Following eight years of tireless work, dedicated activists in northern Israel had plenty of reason to rejoice this week at the opening of a new radiotherapy center at Ziv Hospital in Tzfat. Continue reading

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Israel Grants Residency Status to 200 Asylum Seekers from Darfur

After years of advocacy efforts by NIFC partner the Hotline for Refugees and Migrants, Israel will grant temporary residency status to 200 Darfuri asylum seekers. Continue reading

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