We, members of the undersigned human rights organizations in Israel, are shocked and horrified in these dreadful days.
Hamas’ horrific crimes against innocent civilians - including children, women, and the elderly - have shaken us all, and we are struggling to recover from the unbearable sights and sounds. Some of us were in the Israeli communities on the Gaza border during the assault; many of us have family, friends, and colleagues who endured and are still in the midst of the harrowing events; and we all know people who were murdered, injured, or abducted. It will take time to fully understand the implications and consequences of Hamas’ heinous attack, for which there can be no justification.
Who we are
The Association for Civil Rights Israel (ACRI) is the oldest and most influential civil and human rights organization in Israel. Founded in 1972, ACRI is the only NGO in Israel advocating across the broad spectrum of human rights and civil liberties for everyone living in Israel and in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Our strategic focus areas include: social and economic rights, civil and political rights, Arab society, the Occupied Palestinian Territories, and migrants, refugees and statusless peoples.
ACRI established the International Advisory Council, which collaborates with the organization during this unprecedented period in Israel. The council works to build support for the organization in the United States and globally. Additionally, it will assist the organization's management in promoting strategic thinking concerning civil rights and individual freedoms in the face of current challenges.
ACRI pursues change through legal and policy advocacy, education, and public engagement to demand that Israel adheres to democratic principles. By working within the courts, the Knesset, government agencies and civil society, ACRI tackles Israel’s most urgent human rights injustices.