Shared Jewish-Arab Partnership intro - New Israel Fund Australia

Shared Jewish-Arab Partnership intro

NIF works to advance a society in Israel that is truly shared among its residents, one in which every Israeli has an equal stake. We are committed to combating racism and protecting minorities from discrimination.

The deepest rift in Israeli society is between Jewish and Palestinian citizens (sometimes called Israeli Arabs). This is rooted in strong national identities and exacerbated by the greater conflict between Israel and its neighbours, the prolonged occupation, and accelerating ultra-nationalist and racist political trends. In addition, there are troubling disconnects and enmities between Jewish sectors of the public.

But despite the common emphasis on conflict, there are many areas of cooperation — microcosms throughout Israel that might “scale up” to the national level. There is also growing public awareness of the phenomenon of racism, and new opportunities for shared society-building through networking, community organising, advocacy and litigation.

Our approach stresses the advantages of social diversity, strengthens moderating voices, and builds places for intercultural encounter that can deepen bonds, prevent escalation and tangibly improve the lives of Jews and Palestinians alike.

WATCH our session with Naomi Chazan and Reem Younis from October 2021 where they discuss the aftermath of the violence between Jews and Arabs in May 2021 and how to rebuild shared society: