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  • More than Just a Parade: LGBTQ Solidarity and Israel’s New Government

    17 June 2021

    While Israel’s LGBTQ community has made terrific strides towards progress over the decade, not all members of the community are treated equally. Even as gay and lesbian Israelis have gained more visibility, other communities – Palestinians, asylum seekers, and those who struggle with poverty – have become more marginalized. We have an obligation, as progressives, to stand in solidarity with all of them.

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  • NIF Film Club: Children

    9 June 2021

    The painful personal stories of five Palestinian kids, ages 7-17, open a window into the world of Palestinian minors – trapped within the violence, humiliation, and daily confrontations with soldiers and settlers – while remaining children in every way. Watch the post-film discussion with director Ada Ushpiz.

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  • Where Change Comes From

    3 June 2021

    The intercommunal violence we witnessed this past month tears at the very fabric of a shared society – jeopardizing decades of work to build an equal and just society for Jews and Arabs in Israel. That’s why NIF is redoubling our efforts investing in a shared society.

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  • The Book of Ruth and Lessons of Chesed

    16 May 2021

    This Shavuot, NIF Froman Fellow Lianna Mendelson recalls the story of Ruth and Naomi’s return to the land of Israel, and draws parallels to the lives of many immigrants seeking safety and security within modern-day borders.

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  • NIF Film Club: Junction 48

    5 May 2021

    Palestinian rapper Kareem and his singer girlfriend Manar struggle, love and make music in their crime-ridden ghetto and Tel Aviv‘s hip-hop club scene… a social drama with kick-ass music directed by Udi Aloni. Watch the post-film discussion with star Tamer Nafar and director Udi Aloni.

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  • A Year of Crisis and Resilience

    22 April 2021

    As its political system remains mired in stalemate and dysfunction, Israel’s civil society has been instrumental in protecting the marginalized and vulnerable – and defending Israel’s democracy.

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  • Emunah on Mimouna

    5 April 2021

    Many of us eagerly anticipate the meal at the conclusion of Passover. Finally, we can eat pizza, cake, and all of the hametz-filled carbohydrates we’ve been missing. For North African Jews, this time takes on heightened meaning with the celebration of Mimouna, a joyous day-long celebration of the end of the prohibition against eating bread that includes eating traditional Mizrahi Jewish foods. Yet this special tradition has become intertwined with debates over the use and abuse of Mizrahi culture in Israel.

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  • NIF Film Club: Comrade Dov

    23 March 2021

    As part of a special Israeli Leaders on Film series, NIF Film Club watched Comrade Dov this week. Watch the post-film discussion with director Barak Heymann and special guest former MK Dov Khenin.

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  • Israel’s Spring and the Long Road to Recovery

    18 March 2021

    As elections near and Israel emerges from the pall of pandemic, civil society must ensure that Israel’s government addresses the long-term effects of the crisis, which have disproportionately fallen on marginalized communities.

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