On March 9, 2014, IDI will present a preliminary draft of a Declaration of Human Dignity, which has been produced under the auspices of its Israel Speaks Human Dignity initiative, to President Shimon Peres, who has extended his patronage over the project.
On March 5, 2014, IDI conferred its Outstanding Parliamentarian Award for 2013 to MK Amram Mitzna and MK Michal Rozin at a ceremony at the Knesset, which took place in the presence of Speaker Yoel (Yuli) Edelstein.
In an op-ed in Makor Rishon Prof. Mordechai Kremnitzer explains the importance of the fifth meeting of IDI's Police and Society Forum, which was dedicated to the question of partnership and transparency in the relationship between the Israel Police and Israel's Arab citizens.
In an advertisement in the Israeli press, IDI President Dr. Arye Carmon and Vice Presidents Profs. Yedidia Z. Stern and Mordechai Kremnitzer warn that the Shaked Committee's proposal for regulating ultra-Orthodox military service is not smart and not constitutional.
Do students in the religious Zionist hesder yeshivot really contribute less to the Israel Defense Forces than other men who serve in the army? IDI Researcher Dr. Benny Porat does the math and comes to an interesting conclusion.
IDI Vice President of Research Prof. Yedidia Stern warns that the Shaked Committee's recommendation to grant permanent exemptions from military service to ultra-Orthodox men of draft age during a three year "adjustment period" is both inequitable and ineffective.
On March 3, IDI and the Bar-Ilan University Faculty of Law, the Tikvah Center for Law and Jewish Civilization, and JOFA (the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance), hosted a conference dedicated to the plight of chained women who are awaiting religious divorce.
While sign language is accepted as a language throughout the Western world, until recently, people who communicate through sign language were forced to marry in a different way than other people in Israel. Now available in both Hebrew and English, this responsum by IDI's Rabbi Dr. Benny Lau changed that reality.
יוזמת החקיקה המבקשת לעגן את היותה של ישראל מדינת הלאום היהודי, ובכך להפר את האיזון בין הממד הדמוקרטי והממד היהודי של המדינה, עמדה במרכזו של כנס שנערך ביום ד' (5.3.2014) באוניברסיטה העברית בירושלים. את הכנס, שנערך תחת הכותרת "האם נחוץ חוק יסוד: מדינה יהודית ודמוקרטית?", יזמו הפקולטה למשפטים באוניברסיטה העברית והמכון הישראלי לדמוקרטיה.