Jerusalem Institute of Justice

The Jerusalem Institute of Justice (JIJ) is an Israeli legal and research institute recognized by the United Nations for its work in protecting human rights.

JIJ’s mission is to uphold justice, promote freedom and advocate for communities affected by bias. The institute aims to improve the rights and quality of life of individuals in Israel and the Middle East.

JIJ’s Special Consultative Status at the United Nations ECOSOC enables the institute to have a global platform and make a direct impact on international humanitarian law.

Established in 2004, JIJ’s Free Legal Aid Department has been actively combating discrimination, safeguarding the rights of individuals and communities to exercise their freedom of conscience.



Safeguarding the legitimate

standing of Israel

among the Nations


Upholding Human

Rights in the

Middle East


Educating and training

the next generation

of influencers



Protecting the civil rights

and religious freedoms of

communities under Israeli Law


Fighting to eradicate the sex

trade, prostitution, and

human trafficking in Israel


Strengthening Holocaust

Survivors and Lone

Soldier communities

See Our Global Impact

With your help, our research and public diplomacy have impacted over 10 million lives around the world. We’re combating injustice, educating the next generation, supporting victims, and advocating for Israel.

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Legal cases handled to date

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Hope for rehabilitation – HISTORIC WIN – Bill passed in the Knesset forbidding the purchase of sex services

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Victims of Palestinian Authority testimonies shared in international courts

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Supreme Court Victories Protecting the civil rights and religious freedoms of minorities under Israeli Law


Committing to Palestinian rights (?)

In 2012, the United Nations (UN) granted the Palestinians non-member observer State status. Following this decision, the “State of Palestine” – as officially named in the UN – ratified several international treaties, supposedly to commit itself to comply with human rights and other international legal obligations. One such treaty is the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), which obligates those countries that have joined the treaty to respect and ensure the protection of fundamental human rights. Last week, the Human Rights Committee issued its recommendations to the State of Palestine, also expressing its concerns on the numerous human rights violations that appear to be committed by Palestinian authorities.

53rd Session of the Human Rights Council – Agenda Item 7 – JIJ’s Statement

On the 10th of July, the UN Human Rights Council held a session on Item 7 of its agenda. This Item is defined as the “Human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories.” This is, in fact, the only country-specific item on the agenda and has served as a pretext to issue a disproportionate amount of resolutions against Israel. JIJ’s Human Rights, Law, and Research Officer, Carolina Grimberg Golijov, issued a statement opposing this item and calling upon the Council to respect its mandate and work for the protection of human rights.

A Step Too Far: The UN Human Rights Council COI Report on Israel

After clashes between Israel and Hamas in May 2021, the UN Human Rights Council opened a Commission of Inquiry (COI) to investigate human rights abuses in Israel. Over the course of the past two years, the COI has produced three reports detailing one-sided, biased information about the events on the ground, falsely portraying reality for so many Israelis and Palestinians. In its latest report, the COI focused on “Israel’s attacks, restrictions, and harassment of civil society actors” and revealed numerous concerning human rights violations in the Palestinian Territories and East Jerusalem. However, the UN fell into its biased routine of disproportionate representation once again.


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