What we're doing, given the current conflict

During this terrible conflict in Gaza, we wait with hope not just for a pause to the immediate hostilities but for a permanent end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. We continue to mourn for the civilians and Israeli soldiers who have been killed and fear for those still in the line of fire.

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Continuing to work together under fire

All over the country the situation is tense. In Israel, sirens can be heard from southern Israel to Nahariya. But, even when the rockets are landing all around, Shatil, NIF’s capacity building and advocacy arm, is continuing its important work. Here is an interview with Sultan Abu Abaid, head of the Shatil branch in Beer Sheva, on how the staff are managing to do their work while under fire.

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The news out of Israel - current conflict

Like us, I’m sure you are hearing the news coming out of Israel with sadness.

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NIF gives emergency grants

Given the military confrontation between Israel and Hamas, which came on the heels of unprecedented incitement and tension between Jewish and Arab Israelis, the New Israel Fund stands ready to fund projects through our Emergency Grant Program

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We Mourn, We Don’t Take Vengeance

Following our "Israel Refocused" newsletter yesterday, terrible news came through of a further escalation of violence. At this sad moment in the life of Israel, our thoughts have been encapsulated by this letter from NIF CEO Daniel Sokatch.

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Israel Refocused: Mourning the loss of Israel’s youth

Eyal Yifrah, Naftali Fraenkel and Gil-Ad ShaarNews came through early yesterday morning our time of the devastating murder of Eyal Yifrah, Naftali Fraenkel and Gil-Ad Shaar. We echo the statement issued by NIF in Israel and America:

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Statement regarding murder of kidnapped teenagers

We are devastated to learn of the deaths of the three young Israeli kidnapping victims, Naftali Frankel, Gilad Shaer and Eyal Yifrah. They were murdered by extremists determined to shed innocent blood and to perpetuate conflict.

We join with their families and with everyone mourning these three young men. And we ask that every leader, Israeli and Palestinian, take every step necessary to maintain calm and prevent more loss of life. We owe it to the memories of these young men, and to the countless others who have died in this conflict, to do all we can to bring peace and reconciliation and an end to the bloodshed between our two peoples.

May their memory be a blessing.

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A new Israel experience

As you know, NIF supports and enables social change organisations in Israel which are building a society that values religious pluralism, social justice, human rights and democracy.

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Statement on missing Israeli teenagers

The thoughts and hopes of the New Israel Fund Australia Foundation are with the families of the three Israeli teenagers who have been abducted. May they be returned speedily and unharmed into the arms of their loved ones.

We call on those responsible for their abduction to free them immediately. Any attack on civilians is to be deplored.

We hope that the efforts of both the Israeli and Palestinian security services meet with success and bring them home safe and sound.

May those responsible be brought to justice. We express our deepest concern that this terrible episode ends without further violence and harm to civilians, be they Israeli or Palestinian. 

Israel Refocused: New “Jewish-trumps-democratic” legislation

Welcome to the first NIF Australia “Israel Refocused” e-mail news update.

We are going to send these e-mails to you periodically to keep you up to date with some of the news that's happening in Israel, particularly in our focus areas: human and civil rights, women's issues, religious pluralism and tolerance, and leadership training.

Hopefully we can share some news stories you may not otherwise have seen -- the aim of these emails is to complement news out of Israel you already consume, rather than replace it.

Happy reading, and if you have any feedback, or want to suggest an item for the next edition, feel free to get in touch with us at info@nif.org.au.

Regards,

Liam (Executive Director) and Dani (Project Officer)

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