NIF convenes and coordinates with Israeli champions of democracy. When there is an opportunity for global voices to amplify the work of these front-line activists, we put out a call to action. Some of these opportunities, both current and archived, are listed below.
Our actions count. We have put the issue of women’s exclusion front and center on the public agenda. We have protested racism and “price-tag” vigilantism and supported Israeli leaders who take on extremism and exclusion. Sometimes lending your voice is all it takes to contribute to a better Israel.
13 May 2015
This Sunday will be Jerusalem Day in Israel. In recent years this holiday has included a "Flag Parade," in which extremists march through Palestinian neighborhoods in and around the Old City. Spitting, shoving, vandalism, and racist chants -- including "death to Arabs" and "the mosque will burn" -- have become part of the event. Meanwhile, Palestinian residents are asked to clear the streets and close their shops.
It's outrageous. And it doesn't have to be this way. NIF supports Israelis who believe in peace and in the value of a shared society. Many Israelis are pushing back to defend a vision of Israel that embraces human rights. Here is your opportunity to join them. Write to Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat -- urge him to ensure that tensions in Jerusalem are not further inflamed.
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9 Feb 2015
Last week, a series of right-wing Knesset members announced that they are backing out of a high-profile conference about democracy in Israel that they had promised to attend. Their move -- clearly a part of their election-season calculations -- thrust the conference into the headlines. We have an opportunity to send a message about how important Israel's democracy is to supporters of Israel worldwide.
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9 May 2014
The number of hate crimes targeting the Arab population in Israel has shot up. Many Israelis are speaking out for change. Stand with these Israelis.
17 December 2013
Israel’s government is now considering legislation that would undermine basic democratic principles. We’re mobilizing to keep this from happening and we need your help. The Israel we love cannot survive if it is not a free and democratic society.
12 December 2013
Imagine: a conference on gynecology and reproductive health in which no woman will be allowed to speak.
09 October 2013
Want to contribute to women's rights in Israel? Now’s your chance! Tell us how YOUR connection to their Jewish heritage has been strengthened by the Jewish community's move to more gender equality.
13 August 2013
That's what the mayor of a mixed Jewish-Arab town in Israel told the Knesset Education Committee last month. The Knesset hearing was called to inquire why Nazareth Illit, a town in the Galilee with a 20% Arab population, doesn't have a single school where the 1,900 Arab children who live in the town can study in their native language. Write Education Minister Shai Piron -- implore him to stand up to the extremists and to open a school within Nazareth Illit that meets the needs of the town's Arab population.
27 June 2013
Israel's Attorney General stood up to protect freedom of expression this week by publicly opposed legislation that sought to prohibit public criticism of the Israeli military. Thank Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein for his courage by sending him a letter.
25 April 2013
The battle over the right of women to pray at the Kotel is heating up just as recommendations for a possible compromise on the issue are being prepared for Prime Minister Netanyahu.
13 February 2013
25 asylum seekers might be returned to Eritrea where they face imprisonment, or worse.
07 September 2013
Last month, Israeli teenagers shouting "Death to Arabs" attacked four Palestinian teenagers in downtown Jerusalem in an incident the media termed an attempted “lynch.” One of the Palestinians was knocked unconscious. Hundreds stood by and watched.
21 June 2012
We just heard back from a delegation of Israeli activists who visited the West Bank mosque that was torched Tuesday. The arson appears to be one in a series of “Price Tag” attacks, in which settler extremists use violence to try to fight off policies they dislike.
07 March 2012
A columnist for the Wall Street Journal -- Bret Stephens -- writes that President Barack Obama’s claim to being pro-Israel is dishonest. His evidence? Long-time Obama advisor David Axelrod is a donor to NIF. Others associated with NIF -- like our former Vice President BettyLu Saltzman -- introduced the president to American Jews at the start of his political career, allegedly giving him a distorted sense of American Jewish values.
13 January 2012
The Israel Medical Association did something great. It issued new ethical guidelines this week that prevented its members from speaking at a gynecology conference in which women experts were barred from speaking. In doing so, it sent a clear message that mainstream Israel rejects the denigration of women.
30 November 2011
Advertisers are caving in to the demands of extremist ultra-Orthodox groups. They’re dropping photos of women from posters and billboards in Jerusalem. As a result, images of women are now conspicuously absent from the city’s streets. Even ballet studios and women’s clothing stores have stopped using photos of women.
14 November 2011
A subcommittee of the Israeli cabinet voted to approve two bills that seek to limit the ability of progressive Israeli groups to raise funds. The bills explicitly target funding for human rights and social justice groups.
06 December 2011
Israel's Education Ministry closed down an extremist yeshiva in the West Bank settlement of Yitzhar because its students were attacking Palestinians and the Israeli army.
17 July 2011
Yet again, Avigdor Lieberman’s Yisrael Beitenu party is leading the charge to “investigate” Israel’s human rights community. And when that’s accomplished, he wants to radically restrict their funding from other democratic governments – support that is legal and conventional in every Western democracy, including the United States.
11 July 2011
The “boycott bill” criminalizing free speech is only one of many anti-democratic measures that have been introduced in the Knesset. Other measures would cripple human rights organizations, further marginalize Israel’s Arab minority, constrict the right of peaceful protest or hamper an independent judiciary.
07 October 2010
The New Israel Fund and its family of organizations will be fighting against the proposed loyalty oath together. Please join us today and let Prime Minister Netanyahu know that Israel’s status as a liberal democracy is again at risk. Urge him to withdraw support for the Citizenship Act Amendment now. There is no time to lose.
23 August 2010
Ask Prime Minister Netanyahu to block legislation that would give the ultra-Orthodox absolute control over conversion in Israel. Prime Minster Netanyahu has said he will not bring the bill before the Knesset. We must hold him to this pledge.
30 November 2009
Contact Transport Minister Katz and ask him to reject public buses with segregated seating.