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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

  • Speak Out for Democracy

    21 January 2016

    The Knesset will soon take up legislation that targets progressive Israeli NGOs. Under the pretense of greater “transparency,” the bill creates a series of new hoops which Israeli groups that criticize Israeli government policy must jump through. Of course, the bill doesn’t apply these same “transparency” requirements to the mechanisms that fund Israel’s ultranationalist and settler organizations.

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Past Actions

  • Email Yuli’s Grandma

    25 March 2016

    It’s up to all of us to make sure that Yuli’s grandparents hear from us — the community of people who support Breaking the Silence. Take a minute to help Israelis come together for a better Israel. Join us in signing on . . .

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  • Will You Stand Up for Israeli Democracy?

    8 January 2016

    Under the pretext of greater “transparency,” Israel’s cabinet recently decided to support legislation that targets progressive Israeli NGOs. This initiative must still survive a series of Knesset votes before it becomes law. We’re planning to take out a full page ad in the Hebrew press in advance of the next Knesset vote. Add your name to our statement.

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  • Stand for Democracy – Cabinet Vote this Sunday

    25 December 2015

    On Sunday 12/27 the Cabinet will vote on a so-called “NGO Transparency” bill. But, this bill will not provide any more transparency regarding the funding of NGOs in Israel. Rather, it exclusively targets Israel’s human rights and progressive NGOs with tedious requirements, such as forcing their representatives to wear special tags when they appear in the Knesset.

    There’s no time to waste — please act to make sure that the Israeli government does not pass this legislation. Israel’s standing as a democracy is important to us all. Now is the time to for us to speak out. Our voices really can matter.

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  • 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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  • 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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