Understanding the recent hate crimes in Israel

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.

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Meet our 2015 Naomi Chazan Fellows - and follow their trip to Israel

Earlier this year, we launched the Naomi Chazan Fellowship, a ten month leadership development program specifically tailored for young Jewish adults to build on their knowledge of Israel, and work to create a more holistic and pluralist communal discourse around Israel.

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“They say that we are anti-Zionist. It’s a mistake, we want what’s best for Israel”

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.

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Are you in Israel this July? Join NIF for a half-day trip in Jerusalem

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.

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The Imaginary Enemies of the Government of Israel - Rachel Liel

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.

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Meet The 2015-16 Fellows

Join us at Limmud-Oz - with Israeli feminist activist Hamutal Gouri, and 200 other great sessions

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.

You can buy your conference tickets online.

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,

Liam Getreu
Executive Director

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NIF's Letter to FIFA

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.  

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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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