The news out of Israel is getting worse. The stabbings of six marchers in Friday’s Jerusalem Pride Parade was followed by the news that a Palestinian baby was burned to death in the West Bank -- a victim of an act of arson, apparently carried out by Jewish zealots.Read more
In a charged conversation with NRG, the International Director of the New Israel Fund, Daniel Sokatch, rebuffs the criticism against his organization: “They say that we are anti-Zionist. It’s a mistake, we want what’s best for Israel.” In his opinion, part of what’s best is to show the world its ethical problems.Read more
Next month, NIF in Israel is running two interesting half-day trips in Jerusalem, giving participants the opportunity to meet with some of our wonderful grantees working to advance democracy and social justice.Read more
The Palestinian attempt to remove Israel from FIFA and the warning of the CEO of Orange International about his desire to disconnect from his Israeli franchises put the movement to boycott Israel in the headlines. This was helped by belligerent statements from the Prime Minister and some of his ministers, who signalled that the boycott was a strategic threat on the state of Israel.Read more
It’s almost June, and that means it’s time for Limmud Oz!
This year in Sydney from June 6th to 8th, Limmud-Oz has some great international speakers, as well as incredible local presenters. You can view the full schedule here, but we thought we’d highlight some of the speakers and sessions NIF supporters might find interesting.
Whether you live in Sydney, or you're coming up especially for Limmud-Oz, make sure you say hi -- it will be great to see a strong New Israel Fund Australia contingent there!
All the best,
NIF Israel Executive Director Rachel Liel wrote this letter to FIFA president Sepp Blatter requesting that the Israel Football Association not be suspended from FIFA.Read more
I wanted to share with you this week’s Jewish News cover, and its editorial.Read more
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.Read more