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Civil Burial in Israel – If You Will It, It Is No Dream

Civil Burial in Israel – If You Will It, It Is No Dream

In a petition heard in the Supreme Court last week, Hiddush - For Religious Freedom and Equality demanded that the Ministry of Religious Services and the Israel Lands Authority allow an immediately available option for civil burial to the public, in agricultural localities (kibbutzim and moshavim), at least temporarily, until a full and permanent solution is provided.


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January 2020 Israeli Voice Index data analysis

January 2020 Israeli Voice Index data analysis

Earlier this week, the Israel Democracy Institute’s important monthly survey was published: the Israeli Voice Index. Looking through the full data set and analyzing it provides additional insights, including in the field of religion and state, which support the findings of Hiddush’s regular public opinion surveys.

One of every Seven Jerusalem children attend unregistered schools!

One of every Seven Jerusalem children attend unregistered schools!

In violation of the law and ignoring both the Ministry of Education and the Jerusalem Municipality - more than 40,000 children in Jerusalem study in schools that operate without licenses! Hiddush and Jerusalem City Council Member Dr. Laura Wharton petitioned the Supreme Court, demanding that Israel’s law of compulsory education be enforced in the city.

2019 Israel Democracy Index published by IDI

2019 Israel Democracy Index published by IDI

This week, the IDI published its annual Israel Democracy Index, with highlights available online. What follows is a selection of Hiddush’s highlights from this Index, which focus on significant observations in the area of religion & state.

Chief Rabbi Yosef calls immigrants to Israel non-Jewish communists

Chief Rabbi Yosef calls immigrants to Israel non-Jewish communists

Almost every news broadcast in recent days, whether on radio or television, has included a segment on the scandalous statements made by Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, denigrating the olim from the former Soviet Union, as well as the numerous public and political reactions to his vile, violent message.

Survey: recognition of non-Jewish family members under Law of Return

Survey: recognition of non-Jewish family members under Law of Return

62% of Israel’s adult Jewish public does not consider religious conversion through the Chief Rabbinate as a necessary condition for recognizing the Jewishness of immigrants who are the family members of Jews but whose mothers are not Jewish.

Governor of Bank of Israel: ultra-Orthodox Israelis must enter labor market

Governor of Bank of Israel: ultra-Orthodox Israelis must enter labor market

A speech given by the Governor of the Bank of Israel last month reminds us of the danger to the future of the State of Israel if we do not recognize and combat evil. He estimated that the ultra-Orthodox parties’ refusal to enable the full integration of ultra-Orthodox men into the job market and include core curricular studies in their school curricula, will require raising taxes on the rest of the public by about 60%!

The number of non-Jewish family members making Aliyah

The number of non-Jewish family members making Aliyah

Hiddush's publication of Israel's immigration numbers of non-Jewish family members under the Law of Return, as provided by the Population and Immigration Authority [PIA] in response to our Freedom of Information demands, caused quite the media storm this week. This resulted in the Authority retracting from their own data, and changing it drastically.

2019 Statistical Report on Haredi Society in Israel

2019 Statistical Report on Haredi Society in Israel

As described on the Israel Democracy Institute's website, the 2019 Statistical Report on Ultra-Orthodox Society in Israel provides both a snapshot of the ultra-Orthodox in Israel today and an analysis of trends characterizing this community in recent decades, in key areas such as demography, education, employment, and use of leisure time.

6 out of 7 Israeli immigrants not recognized as Jews

6 out of 7 Israeli immigrants not recognized as Jews

6 out of 7 immigrants to Israel in recent years - are not considered Jews according to Halacha (Jewish religious law). These data come from the Population and Immigration Authority’s response to Hiddush’s Freedom of Information Act request.

Israel is headed for its 3rd election in a year!

Israel is headed for its 3rd election in a year!

We don’t have a crystal ball, and we don’t know what the future holds in store. However, when we examine what has transpired in recent months, and in spite of the fact that the election results in September were comparable to those in April, the pictures following these two rounds were substantially different. This may point to a potential breakthrough in the third round.

Where are Israeli Jews now on Religion & State?

Where are Israeli Jews now on Religion & State?

The “Status Quo” is an affront to the will of the public: 63% want a civil unity government; 71% support public transportation on the Sabbath; 69% support establishing civil marriage and divorce in Israel

Drugging yeshiva students to curb sexuality

Drugging yeshiva students to curb sexuality

A scandalous and, in all likelihood, criminal relationship exists between key ultra-Orthodox circles on the one hand and a number of psychiatrists on the other.

Hiddush survey for International Human Rights Day

Hiddush survey for International Human Rights Day

The right to freedom of movement: 71% support public transportation on Saturday. The right to family: 69% support civil marriage in Israel. Most of the Jewish public in Israel supports the operation of public transportation on Saturdays and the establishment of civil marriage in Israel. This is not just politics. It’s about violations of basic human rights.

63% of Israeli public wants a civil unity government

63% of Israeli public wants a civil unity government

The public’s position remains stable and very, very clear: 63% of Israel’s adult Jewish public wants a civil unity government, which will promote religious freedom and equality, and which will not be dependent upon the religious parties, nor submit to their demands on issues of religion and state.

Pushing the wheels of justice to keep on turning

Pushing the wheels of justice to keep on turning

As the legal scene in Israel heats up, mostly characterized by uncertainty as to what's next, and when it will finally settle down, Hiddush continues to actively pursue its legal advocacy. While encouraged by indications regarding both public opinion and commitments to religious freedom and equality voiced by some by key parties, legal advocacy remains a necessary and effective avenue to advance Hiddush's mission, even as the wheels of justice turn ever so slowly.

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