NIF works to realise the vision of a Jewish democratic state contained in Israel’s Declaration of Independence:
“THE STATE OF ISRAEL will be open for Jewish immigration and for the Ingathering of the Exiles; it will foster the development of the country for the benefit of all its inhabitants; it will be based on freedom, justice and peace as envisaged by the prophets of Israel; it will ensure complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants irrespective of religion, race or sex; it will guarantee freedom of religion, conscience, language, education and culture; it will safeguard the Holy Places of all religions; and it will be faithful to the principles of the Charter of the United Nations.”
Israel has been forced to fight defensive wars for most of its history. Its army is a citizen army and there is barely a family in Israel that does not know the human and economic cost of Israel’s security needs. It is to Israel’s enormous credit that under such adverse conditions it has accepted thousands of refugees, become a global leader in technology and innovation and built a strong economy and a vibrant, robust democracy.
But, as the Israeli government itself acknowledges, much remains to be done to realise the vision of Israel’s founders.
To that end, funds raised by NIF are provided to organisations that work to:
- realise the civil and human rights of all Israeli individuals and groups including Palestinian Israelis, Ethiopian Jews, Bedouin, Druze and other marginalised minorities, and to oppose all forms of discrimination and bigotry;
- achieve equality and social and economic justice for all the citizens of the state regardless of religion, national origin, race, gender or sexual orientation;
- recognise and reinforce the essential pluralism of Israeli society and tolerance for diversity;
- empower and protect civil society in Israel as a fundamental part of an open society;
- and protect Israel’s environment.