Established in 1972, ACRI is Israel’s oldest and largest human rights organization and the only one dealing with the entire spectrum of rights and civil liberties issues. An independent and non-partisan organization, ACRI’s mandate is to ensure Israel’s accountability and respect for human rights, by addressing violations committed by the Israeli authorities in Israel, the Occupied Territories, or elsewhere.
ACRI is committed to promoting the universality of human rights and defending the human rights and civil liberties of all, regardless of religion, nationality, gender, ethnicity, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic background.
Since its inception, ACRI has been consistently successful in bringing precedent-setting litigation to the Supreme Court in many areas including equality for Arab citizens. ACRI has built a solid reputation for professionalism and integrity and is widely respected within the legal community, and among decision makers, the media and the public at large. This reputation enhances ACRI’s ability to make a real and lasting difference.
ACRI’s Education Department conducts human rights training programs for thousands of individuals across the country each year, produces high-quality educational curricula in Hebrew and Arabic, and organizes conferences and lectures on human rights education. We believe working with key agents of change – teachers in the Jewish and Arab school systems, students, security forces personnel, and social and community workers – is an effective method to influence attitudes and contribute toward building a more tolerant and just society.
9 May 2017
I hear the word “Arab” uttered twice into a walkie-talkie. The supervisor who had accompanied me lowers her gaze, as if she feels that she has been caught in the act. They have completely emptied the bag and sent all of its contents through a scanner. A bag of toiletries, clothing, underwear. Why do I even bother packing things neatly?
4 April 2017
The missiles from Gaza land in the south of the country on the heads of all the citizens, regardless of their nationality, religion or language. But the government claims that the risk that a Jewish community will be hit is greater than the risk to an unrecognized Bedouin village in the Negev, even if they are both the same distance from the danger originating in Gaza.
1 April 2017
A branch of “Aroma Espresso Bar,” one of Israel’s most popular coffee chains, told its Arab workers last week that they are no longer allowed to speak Arabic at work, following customer complaints. Some of the workers, who were insulted by the decision, called the policy racist and said they would not stand for it.
26 February 2017
An amendment to the Planning and Building Law that will increase enforcement and penalties for illegal construction is being ardently opposed by Arab MKs and dovish rights groups on the grounds that it ignores alleged government failures to provide Arabs with the means to build legally.
7 February 2017
In the petition, ACRI cited a 2012 summoning of an activist who was against government plans to resettle the Beduin in the Negev from unauthorized villages to larger cities as an example of a coercive measure that chilled the freedom to organize around political causes.
21 December 2016
Television and radio authority says messages on political or social matters that are in 'public dispute' cannot be shown, after refusing to air PSA by human rights group. ACRI threatens to go to court.
The Second Authority for Television and Radio, the public body that supervises Israel's commercial television and radio stations, banned the PSA, which is entitled "Human Rights: Because without I'm not Equal."