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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.

Current Actions

  • Racism in Jerusalem? It doesn’t have to be this way.

    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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Past Actions

  • Stand for Democracy: They’re running away from the debate. Don’t let them off the hook.

    9 February 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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  • Hate Crimes Can’t Go Unpunished

    19 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.

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  • A Tax on Free Speech?

    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.

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  • Reproductive Health without Women?

    12 December 2013

    Imagine: a conference on gynecology and reproductive health in which no woman will be allowed to speak.

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  • Taking Our Place

    9 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.

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  • Stand Up to Hatred. Stand for Israel

    7 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.

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  • “As long as I am mayor, an Arab school will not be built in Nazareth Illit.”

    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.

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  • Thank Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein

    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.

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  • Stand with Women of the Wall

    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.

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  • Speak up for African refugees in Israel

    13 February 2013

    25 asylum seekers might be returned to Eritrea where they face imprisonment, or worse.

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