Strengthening Palestinian Israeli Society - New Israel Fund Australia

Strengthening Palestinian Israeli Society

NIF seeks to promote full equality for Palestinian citizens of Israel, who comprise 20% of Israel’s population, and to enhance their participation in Israel’s democratic processes and institutions.

The Palestinian-Israeli community is the main national non-Jewish minority within Israel and is affected directly by the historical Israeli-Arab conflict. Discrimination against this minority is rife in land planning and distribution, education, municipal funding, representation of Palestinian citizens in decision-making bodies, and more.

Land use and planning is an explosive issue within the Palestinian community, particularly in the Negev where an imposed “solution” on Bedouin land claims threatens to exacerbate the overall tension between Israeli Jews and Arabs. NIF’s strategic focus begins with partnering with organisations advancing land planning to the benefit of the Arab community, with the aim of increasing the supply of available housing and expanding economic opportunity.

Another key strategy is the empowerment and support of Palestinian-Israeli women. We work, in particular, to combat domestic violence, supporting crisis centres and promoting training and economic opportunities.

Projects we support:


Adalah is Israel’s leading legal centre for the Palestinian community, and we are funding its legal work across two issue areas: social and economic rights, and land and planning rights.

Palestinian-Israelis are routinely ranked in socio-economic surveys as one of the most disadvantaged communities in Israel. Fewer Palestinian-Israelis finish high school and university than Jewish-Israelis, which feeds into the cycle of unemployment. Palestinian children are far more likely to experience poverty and poorer health than their Jewish-Israeli counterparts.

Until recently, a large number of Bedouin schools in the Negev didn’t have access to nearby bus stops, creating a dangerous hazard for school children. Thanks to court action by Adalah hundreds of kids at 10 high schools and almost 40 primary schools will be much safer on the journeys to and from school. This, and other cases of access to education across the country, mean fewer Palestinian kids will fall behind in educational attainment than their Jewish peers.

Over the last two decades, Adalah has brought more than 250 impact litigation cases before Israeli courts, seeking to promote and protect equality for all citizens of the state.


  • 2023 – $30,000
  • 2022 – $25,345
  • 2021 – $17,850
  • 2020 – $20,000
  • 2019 – $20,000
  • 2018 – $26,000


Founded by professional planners and architects, they use their skills to advance planning policies and practices that respect human rights and respond to the needs of local communities. This project liaises with unrecognised Bedouin to advance recognition and the provision of basic infrastructure.


  • 2023 – $15,000
  • 2022 – $18,875
  • 2021 – $6,125
  • 2020 – $23,080
  • 2019 – $20,000
  • 2018 – $26,000

Regional Council of Unrecognised Villages (RCUV)

They help leaders of unrecognised villages work in a unified and collaborative way. This project mobilises unrecognised villages’ residents to advance recognition of villages and respond to urgent needs of displaced residents.


  • 2023 – $55,000
  • 2022 – $12,500
  • 2020 – $7,500

Women Against Violence (Nazareth)

Systemic reductions in social welfare budgets in the Arab-Israeli sector, which has reduced funds for social workers and women's crisis programs, has left the problem of addressing violence against women in the Palestinian society squarely in the hands of civil society.

Today, Women Against Violence is at the forefront of the campaign to end violence experienced by women in Palestinian society on a national level.

Each year, there are as many as ten cases each year of women being killed by domestic violence among Arab citizens of Israel alone. Working against such violence within the Palestinian community in Israel means tackling a social problem with cultural roots in a multicultural context, and within the day-to-day reality of these women living in a complicated political and social situation.

WAV provides direct services to survivors of domestic violence, including providing shelters, economic and psychological aid, training and employment opportunities. This year, it's predicted that more than 700 women will come through their crisis centre hotline or their shelter for survivors of domestic violence. 


  • 2023 – $3,314
  • 2021 – $10,000
  • 2020 – $10,000
  • 2019 – $10,000