Justice in Israel

MobilEye Deal: No allocation of wealth to where it is most needed

No Comments 14 March 2017

It was recently announced that United States technology giant Intel will buy the Israeli driverless-technology company Mobileye for $15.3 billion, marking the largest acquisition ever of an Israeli high-tech company. The purchase will result in a massive gain of capital, possibly more than one billion, for the Israeli government via taxes. For years, the Israeli government has taken the stance that crucial initiatives for Israelis living in poverty are neglected due to a lack of finances. It is therefore disheartening to see that even in this instance, where a massive unexpected financial opportunity has arisen from this deal, the benefits will not be felt by those living in poverty. Once again, we see Israel’s poor and vulnerable neglected, despite a real chance to truly invest in their – and thus all of society’s – well being. Continue Reading

Justice in Israel

Important recent successes by the Forum for Public Housing

2 Comments 13 March 2017

Over the last year, the Forum for Public Housing, a coalition of organizations of which Rabbis for Human Rights is actively involved, made a number of important successes. Continue Reading

Justice in Israel

Int’l Day for the Struggle Against Poverty marked at Knesset

No Comments 21 February 2017

Today Israelis marked the International Day for the Struggle Against Poverty at the Knesset in an event organised by  the Forum for the Struggle Against Poverty, of which Rabbis for Human Rights is an active member, and Members of Knesset from various parties including Eli Alaluf, (Kulanu), head of the Committee for Labor and Welfare; Meir Cohen (Yesh Atid), formerly the Minister of Welfare; Elon Gilon (Meretz), Abdullah Abu Marouf (Joint List – Hadash), and Akram Hasson from Kulanu. Continue Reading

Justice in Israel

February 21: Knesset Day for the Struggle Against Poverty

No Comments 19 February 2017

A new study on the right to live in dignity for families of various configurations, released by Israel’s National Insurance and the first of its kind by a governmental body, will be revealed during the main event of the Knesset’s Day for the Struggle Against Poverty on February 21 2017.   In the light of this new index,  government benefits as well as minimum wage rates can be assessed. The Day for the Struggle Against Poverty is the fruit of cooperation between the Forum for the Struggle Against Poverty, of which Rabbis for Human Rights is an active member,  and Members of Knesset from various parties. Continue Reading

Justice in Israel

How much is left after rent?

No Comments 05 February 2017

At Rabbis for Human Rights’ socio-economic rights center in Hadera, Rabbi Idit Lev sat with two different men. Continue Reading

Justice in Israel

New High Court Petition: Electricity is a basic human necessity

No Comments 11 January 2017

Five people living in poverty who had their electricity shut off have petitioned the High Court demanding to stop the power cut. The current situation neglects Israeli citizens who cannot afford their bills due to economic hardship and injures the elderly, the disabled, the sick, children and single mothers. This petition was submitted by the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) and Rabbis for Human Rights (RHR) through Adi Nir Benyamini of the human Rights clinic at Tel Aviv University and Advocate Maskit Bendel of ACRI. Continue Reading

Justice in Israel, Occupied Territories

Unbelievable! Driver’s Licenses of those who drive for a living revoked due to debts

1 Comment 29 December 2016

According to estimates, hundreds of driver’s licenses are frozen each year by the Bailiff’s Office. For many Israelis, this immediately results in their inability to earn money and pay off the debt they owe.

In a story published in Haaretz on this issue, journalist Lee Yaron interviewed Rabbis for Human Rights’ staff Rabbi Idit Lev and Rabbi Sigal Asher in response to information we acquired at our Rights Center in Hadera, where we provide assistance to economically vulnerable Israelis.

Justice in Israel

Forum for the Struggle Against Poverty responds to new report from National Insurance

No Comments 15 December 2016

A new report released today (December 15 2016) by the National Insurance on poverty in Israel showed that while the numbers of individuals living in poverty decreased, the number of families in poverty increased. The report also showed that the situation of those living in poverty deteriorated in 2015, and that there has been a significant reduction in poverty rates in the Haredi (ultra-Orthodox) community after sustained measures were taken by the government to combat the high rates often found in that community. Below please find the response of the Forum for the Struggle Against Poverty , of which RHR is an active member, to the report: Continue Reading

Justice in Israel

The right of single parents to attend university & receive guaranteed minimum income

No Comments 09 November 2016

 The Knesset has enacted a law allowing single parents to pursue academic studies while receiving a guaranteed income, but government regulations are preventing the realization of this right. Continue Reading

Justice in Israel

Thursday: Information session on new debt and bankruptcy legislation

No Comments 06 November 2016

Many people deal with debt, and for some,  bankruptcy is an opportunity to start a new page.  The Knesset is currently discussing a new proposed law dealing with this issue.  We at Rabbis for Human Rights, after consulting with people who are living in debt,  have already studied the legislation and identified points that, in our opinion, need to be changed.  Continue Reading

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