The Israeli Declaration of Independence, signed in 1948, emphasizes freedom of religion, conscience, language, education, and culture. We at the Jerusalem Institute of Justice (JIJ) believe that a state that is both Jewish and democratic is not a self-contradiction, but rather an attainable reality. Applying its democratic values in the justice system, Israel has the power to reinforce tolerance, truth, ethics, and morality, all of which serve to strengthen the fiber of the nation. JIJ aims to create a better Israel for all citizens by advancing civil rights, freedom of religion, and social justice. We believe that by strengthening Israel’s democracy, we are strengthening the legitimacy of Israel’s existence as a Jewish state.
These objectives are attained by:
- Legal and political advocacy on behalf of religious minorities and any other law- abiding persons in Israel suffering from civil discrimination on the basis of their religious affiliation.
- Initiation and supervision of humanitarian/social justice projects within the most vulnerable and disadvantaged sectors of Israeli society, regardless of the religious or ethnic background of those whom such projects are intended to help.
- Facilitation of seminars and distribution of educational materials in order to inform and educate religious and ethnic minorities, human trafficking victims, foreign workers, and asylum seekers about their civil and social rights in Israel.
- Enhancement of Israel’s public image among the nations and advancement of Israel’s international diplomacy through media initiatives, demonstrations, and rallies on behalf of the Jewish state.
But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!