The driving force behind all that we do at the Jerusalem Institute of Justice (JIJ) is very simple: the pursuit of justice in Israel and for Israel. In our view, the essence of true justice is to be a voice for those without a voice.
For this reason, JIJ has adopted various marginalized communities in Israel including Holocaust survivors, lone soldiers, Ethiopian new immigrants, human trafficking victims, refugees and migrant workers, abandoned children, and members of minority religious streams. We act as a voice for these populations by both gathering and distributing direct humanitarian aid while providing legal and public advocacy on their behalf.
JIJ also strives to be a strong voice against anti-Semitism, xenophobia and delegitimization of Israel. On the global stage, Israel is in many ways an actor without a voice. The fact that over 80% of the UN General Assembly meetings have convened in order to censure Israel, and over 40% of the UN Human Rights Council’s condemnatory resolutions have been made against Israel, the only viable democracy in the Middle East, reflects immense prejudice and injustice.
As we work to strengthen the democratic and social fabric of Israeli society, we simultaneously advance our goal of promoting justice for Israel in the eyes of the international community. Since Israel’s commitment to democracy enables us to safeguard the rights of the marginalized in Israeli society, we, in turn, enhance the Jewish state's legitimacy in the eyes of those who truly embrace democracy, freedom and human rights worldwide.
Many people are inspired by the story of Israel-the miraculous restoration and preservation of a nation, which had once disappeared from the world map. We invite you to not simply be inspired by Israel’s story, but to step into it.