Have you seen this week’s Jewish News editorial?

Friends,

I wanted to share with you this week’s Jewish News cover, and its editorial.

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Statement on Breaking the Silence's latest testimonies

On 4 May 2015 Breaking the Silence, an organisation of active and reserve duty IDF soldiers, released a set of testimonies from more than 60 soldiers who took part in Operation Protective Edge in Gaza in 2015. The testimonies are taken from individuals who served in the army, navy and air force, as well as those in headquarters and command centres. Around a quarter of the testimonies come from officers who rank as high as major.

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Statement on Ethiopian Protest: Hearing Their Cries

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The New Israel Fund supports the struggle of the Ethiopian community to eliminate the racism and institutionalised discrimination that threatens them in Israel, including systematic mistreatment and profiling by the police.

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Statement: Reclaim Australia rallies

The New Israel Fund (NIF) Australia Foundation condemns the hatred and bigotry aimed exclusively at Muslims which was displayed at the recent Reclaim Australia rallies.

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Israel Refocused: Coalition building in Israel, and some great resources for your Pesach seder

The results from Israel’s elections two weeks ago are becoming clearer -- Benjamin Netanyahu has been tasked with forming a coalition, and all signs point to it having a rather narrow right-nationalist-Orthodox composition.

However, as we wrote last week, elections are but one part of any democratic society. Indeed, many of the issues that came to the fore -- including an increase in an increase in polarisation, racism, and incitement -- are now sparking new conversations inside Israel, and solving them will require strong cooperation with civil society, and continued investment from Diaspora Jewry.

Of course, we are also embarking on Pesach, the holiday when freedom is explored and re-explored each year. For those of you attending a seder, we’ve also included some interesting materials you might like to include to complement your celebrations.

Chag sameach v’kasher,

Liam Getreu
Executive Director

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Bank of Israel Reflects Shatil Recommendations: Urges More Public Housing

PictureAll 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.

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On the election results in Israel

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.

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18 March Event: Processing the Israeli election results with Naomi Chazan

Naomi ChazanNIF 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.

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Recent attacks on NIF -- who, what, and why

Friends --

I wanted to let you know about recent attacks against the New Israel Fund.

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Background on the Latest Anti-NIF Campaign

Below is a fact sheet on the latest campaign to delegitimise the New Israel Fund.

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