High Court Reverses Ban on Human Rights Ad

After a legal battle, Israel’s High Court of Justice ordered Israeli TV stations to air an ad about human rights. The ad was produced by NIFC’s partner, the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI), ahead of International Human Rights Day in December. Continue reading

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Rosh Hashanah Attack on Christian Monastery Will Not Go Unanswered

On the eve of Rosh Hashanah, Jewish extremists vandalized a church in the Beit Jamal Monastery near Beit Shemesh. The perpetrators broke a statue of the Virgin Mary and smashed stained-glass windows. This was the third time in the past five years that the monastery was targeted in apparent hate crimes. Continue reading

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Guest Post from NIFC Board Member Corey Shefman

On September 10th, hundreds of members of the NIFC family in Toronto, and hundreds more across Canada, joined us to hear from authors Ayelet Waldman and Peter Beinart, and refugee and activist Mutasim Ali. If you were fortunate enough to hear these gifted speakers, you no doubt agree with me that they are, each in their own way, exemplars of courage and commitment. Continue reading

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Lowering the Walls in Jerusalem

Nazeeh Ansari, director of youth and children’s services at the Jerusalem YMCA, has a dream. He’s had this dream for years: an overnight camp for Arab and Jewish youth from Jerusalem. Although it sounds simple, an overnight camp like this, let alone a summer camp, is extremely challenging to pull off in the divided city. Continue reading

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Detained Asylum Seekers Learn To Use Photography As a Protest Tool

Thick swarms of flies, spoiled or undercooked food, overcrowded dorms, poor medical care, and clouded mirrors. Until now, the public hasn’t seen these conditions at the Holot detention center, because reporters can’t either. Journalists are forbidden from entering the facility. Continue reading

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ACRI Leader Wants to See Passive Supporters Out in the Streets

Sapir Slutzker-Amran, the 26-year-old manager of the NIFC-funded public hotline department, Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI), feels angry when she hears people calling her an “extremist.” Continue reading

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High Court Rules African Asylum Seekers Cannot be Detained Indefinitely

Israel’s High Court of Justice has ruled that while the state is entitled to deport asylum seekers to third countries in Africa, it cannot use the threat of indefinite detention to compel them to agree to go. Previously, some asylum seekers had been detained for as long as 12 months. The limit now is 60 days. Continue reading

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Partners in Courage Live Stream

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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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