Israel’s refugee policy ‘an affront to our history and values’

The following op-ed was written by NIF Australia Vice-President Steven Glass and published in the Australian Jewish News on Wednesday 14 February 2018.

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Our Emergency Grants to Refugee Organisations

Thanks to almost 50 donors in Australia and New Zealand, we made $10,000 grants to two Israeli non-profits working with refugees last week.

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We need to take urgent action to help refugees in Israel

The sustained Israeli government pressure on refugees has taken a new turn: asylum seekers are now being forcibly deported to Rwanda.

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Statement on the 'BDS blacklist' announced by the Israeli government

Our position hasn’t wavered: We don't support the global BDS movement and we don't agree with the organisations blacklisted by the Israeli government on many issues. But we don’t have to agree with them to know that banning them from visiting Israel is just wrong.

We know that it’s profoundly anti-democratic to discriminate against those who advocate for nonviolent strategies just because the government doesn’t agree with their views. Banning political opposition is the policy of autocracies, not democracies.

The Netanyahu government's Entry Law, which is a travel ban that uses blacklists and litmus tests to bar visitors from entering Israel based on their beliefs, flies in the face of the democratic principles enshrined in Israel's declaration of independence.

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WATCH: Trump and Jerusalem — Reactions and Realities on the Ground

We wanted to share with you this interesting webinar run yesterday by NIF US, “Trump and Jerusalem — Reactions and Realities on the Ground”.

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They're trying to shut her down

Next week, Israeli singer Achinoam Nini touches down in Australia. Some people in the Jewish community don’t want her to perform here. They’re angry she encourages dialogue with Palestinians, works to realise the two-state solution, and supports social justice and human rights groups, including NIF.

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"The struggle for social justice in Israel" - an AJN op-ed by our Naomi Chazan Fellows

This op-ed was published by Graham Kaplan and Bec Sharp, two of our 2017-18 Naomi Chazan Fellows, in the 13 October edition of the Australian Jewish News.

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A great clip from ABC's #QandA last night

Visiting Israeli Member of Knesset Merav Michaeli and Shadow Attorney General Mark Dreyfus answered a question from NIF Board member Irving Wallach about the state of Israel's democracy. Click through to watch it on Facebook.

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Introducing the 2017-18 Naomi Chazan Fellows

Let me introduce you to our newest cohort of Naomi Chazan Fellows, our third. They’re in Israel right now, visiting Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, the Galilee and the West Bank, meeting with some of Israel’s most important social change activists.

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What to see at Limmud Oz (Sydney) & Yom Limmud (Melbourne)

Limmud Oz (Sydney – June 10-12) and Yom Limmud (Melbourne – June 18) are back in 2017, and with so much to see we thought we’d offer some suggestion on speakers and sessions you might find interesting.

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