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Our Approach to Women’s Rights and Gender Equality

By Linda Hershkovitz, NIFC President

I’m always excited about opportunities to discuss a subject that’s very dear to my heart – NIFC’s role in the struggle for women’s rights in Israel and the occupied territories.

For over 25 years, I have worked with governments, international organizations, and NGOs in the field of international development, focusing on gender equality, women’s rights, and women’s empowerment. My work has taken me to China, Vietnam, Ukraine, Pakistan, Egypt, and more – all countries where women’s organizations and activists face huge challenges in advancing a feminist agenda. Continue reading

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Exposing Invasive Surveillance Technologies

NIFC flagship project partner the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) has submitted two petitions to the Jerusalem Court of Administrative Affairs on the failure of the Israel Police and the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) to reveal their use of facial recognition technology practices in both Israel and the West Bank under the Freedom of Information Law. Continue reading

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Protecting Palestinian Olive Trees

Olive trees not only evoke images of the West Bank landscape, but they are also vital in providing a livelihood for Palestinian farmers. The olive branch is also a symbol of peace and coexistence but that does not prevent extremist Jewish settlers frequently damaging olive trees in attempts to threaten the economic survival of their neighbors. Continue reading

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Calling for Government Aid for Asylum Seekers

A report by six organizations funded by the NIF global network has found that the country’s asylum seekers have been left destitute by the economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and has called on the government to intervene to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe. More than 80% of the 36,000 asylum seekers in Israel, from Eritrea and Sudan, have been unemployed since the start of the second lockdown in September and have lost their health insurance rights. There have been hundreds of requests for basic food assistance. Continue reading

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