We’re working to uphold the values of the Declaration of Independence, that Israel “will be based on freedom, justice and peace as envisaged by the prophets of Israel; it will ensure complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants irrespective of religion, race or sex.”
Israel’s almost 50-year control of the West Bank and East Jerusalem has left many people deprived of basic freedoms. Not only do they suffer from a lack of social and political rights, but poverty and discrimination are widespread, as compared to Israel.
NIF works on the ground, ensuring that Palestinians in the West Bank and East Jerusalem have access to justice, running water, sewerage and electricity, and appropriate funding for their school system.
Spotlight: Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI)
Since Israel took control of all of Jerusalem in the Six-Day War in 1967, the social and economic divide has only grown. Unlike Palestinians in the West Bank, Palestinians living in East Jerusalem are Israeli permanent residents, yet they have been neglected by successive local and national governments. For example, currently 84% of Palestinian children in East Jerusalem live below the poverty line. There is a severe shortage of of public services and infrastructure in East Jerusalem, including health, education, welfare and postal services, and water and sewage systems.
Over the years, ACRI has intervened directly to the High Court of Justice on behalf of East Jerusalem residents, including when tens of thousands of residents were left without water for three weeks, and to correct years of inadequate investment in education that left 40,000 Palestinian students without access to classrooms or schooling.