Zulat’s Human Rights Index seeks to map out the Israeli public’s positions on human rights, assess which rights are important to Israelis, and which ones are frequently violated by the state. Many indices on a variety of issues are published in Israel, but Zulat’s index uniquness lies in its focus on human rights and their violation. It was made in order to restore the legitimacy of the human rights discourse in Israel and trengthen the foundations set forth in the Declaration of Independence that have been eroded over the years due to the fact that Israel lacks a solid constitution.
Zulat’s Human Rights Index is a long-term project, and its quarterly surveys include both current issues and repeating questions meant to identify different trends. Once a year, we will also publish a yearly index, on the basis of which we will be able to take concrete steps and large-scale actions, to protect the most violated rights, as emerging from the findings. The research data will be made available to decision-makers, influencers, and civil society, and the public debate about it will then form the basis for the legislation of a Declaration on Human Rights that down the road will lead to the enactment of a constitution.