All the noise made by the Public Housing Forum in the weeks leading up to the election is paying off: Just five days after the election, the Bank of Israel called on the new government to decrease the country’s growing poverty rate by increasing the number of public housing units -- especially in the country’s centre where it’s easier to find employment -- as well as increasing rental assistance for people who qualify.Read more
Yesterday’s election is a moment in time, and not one that is going to change Israel’s immediate course or the New Israel Fund’s priorities.Read more
NIF Australia invites you to a post-election conversation with Naomi Chazan. Naomi, with more than a decade of experience in the Knesset, will help process all the results from the election, and provide insight on Israel’s likely direction going forward.Read more
I wanted to let you know about recent attacks against the New Israel Fund.Read more
Below is a fact sheet on the latest campaign to delegitimise the New Israel Fund.Read more
In just over a month there will be an election in Israel. This edition of Israel Refocused offers you a reflection on the issues, parties and candidates involved, through the lens of NIF’s core values of democracy, equality and peace.
We have also included a number of tributes to the David Landau z”l who passed away a couple of weeks ago. David was a former editor of Haaretz and the Jerusalem Post, and visited Australia for NIF Australia in 2011.
Finally, if you missed it two weeks ago, you can view video of our event with Bernard Avishai on our YouTube page.
Liam Getreu (Executive Director) and Dani Miller (Project Officer)Read more
A number of right wing politicians cancelled their participation this week in the Haaretz Conference on Democracy ostensibly because of NIF's participation. Below is the two-page full-spread ad that Haaretz ran in response.Read more
We thought we would pass on to you the below invitation from our friends in the Inner West who are hosting prominent Israeli environmentalist Gidon Bromberg on Thursday night.
Gidon's work, supported for many years by the New Israel Fund, is crucial to setting up peace in Israel and Palestine. Friends of the Middle East's work has been globally praised, and Gidon and FOEME were recently profiled by Thomas Friedman in the New York Times.
We know that early January isn't the best time for an event, but if you're around Sydney it would be great to see you there.
2014 will be remembered as a difficult one in Israel’s history. We witnessed a bloody war during which civilians bore the brunt of the toll, horrible hate crimes perpetrated by both Jews and Arabs, and most recently a swathe of anti-democratic legislation. With everything that happened in Israel this year, our partnership to foster democratic values, and support human rights and social justice has never been more crucial.
Throughout 2014, the New Israel Fund and our grantees lowered tensions between Jewish- and Palestinian-Israelis, ensured lines of communication were kept open at the most crucial times, provided protection for the citizens most vulnerable to the dangers of rocket fire from Gaza, and empowered human rights monitors to continue their work.Read more