Making an Impact - Major Achievements and Awards
- Human Rights: Preventing discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. The District Court in Tel Aviv accepted an appeal filed by the Human Rights Clinic on behalf of The Aguda - The Israeli National LGBT Task Force, stating the "Makor Rishon" newspaper's refusal to publish an ad about The Aguda's Crisis Hotline constitutes illegal discrimination and is a distinct violation of the Anti-Discrimination in Products and Services Law. "Makor Rishon" was imposed to compensate the Taskforce in the amount of NIS 50,000 in addition to legal fees in the amount of NIS 10,000. (January 2014)
- Refugees: The Supreme Court Invalidates an Amendment to the Infiltration Prevention Law. The Refugee Rights Clinic, in conjunction with several human rights organizations, filed a petition against the constitutionality of the amendment that allows the incarceration of asylum seekers from Africa for up to three years.
On September 16, 2013 a panel of nine judges unanimously accepted the petition and ruled that the law violates basic human rights, was unconstitutional and was to be immediately void.
The court ordered the state to re-examine the cases of all those incarcerated under the provisions of the law within 90 days. (September 2013)
- Human Rights: Protecting freedom of speech. The clinic represented journalist and activist (Gideon Spiro) who was detained following an article he published in which he criticized settlements in the West Bank. Following the article's publication, the Legal Forum for the Land of Israel demanded to investigate the publication. Following an exchange between the Forum and the attorney general's, the latter decided to investigate Spiro on suspicion of incitement and violence, and detained him – nine months after the article was published. In our suit we claimed that Sprio was wrongfully imprisoned. The parties reached a settlement and Spiro was compensated in the sum of ten thousand NIS.
- Environment: Libel SLAPP suit - protecting freedom of expression of environmental activists in Israel. The Environmental Justice Clinic won an appeal in which it represented an environmental activist sued for libel by a recycling corporation due to criticism he expressed regarding the corporation's conduct. In its ruling, the court stated that isseemed the corporation specifically targeted the appellant who was persistent in his criticism. The appellate court overturned a lower court decision finding the activist responsible for libel. , In addition, all legal costs were imposed on the corporation.
The importance of the case lies in the ability to address the growing phenomenon of SLAPP suits (Strategic litigation against public participation), which are used to intimidate and silence social activists from acting and critiquing human rights and environmental rights violations. (February 2013)
- The Housing, Community and Law Clinic wins The Emile Zola Human Rights Prize for its innovative work and contribution to the wellbeing of Jews and Arabs in Jaffa. The prize is awarded annually by The Emile Zola Chair for Interdisciplinary Human Rights Dialogue, at the Striks School of Law, the College of Management - Academic Studies (COMAS) (September 2013).