Our Issues

Making a Difference

The New Israel Fund mobilizes Israelis for positive, progressive social change by building and strengthening civil society and fighting the inequality, injustice, and extremism that diminish Israel. We advocate for equality for all Israelis.

We focus on securing civil and human rights for everyone living in Israel… We defend women’s rights, including opposing the exclusion of women from the public sphere… We challenge the ultra-Orthodox monopoly on religious observance, fight to establish civil law, and work to garner recognition of Reform, Reconstructionist, Conservative, and other streams of Judaism in Israel… We uphold human rights in the occupied territories and oppose the settlement enterprise… We help advance the rights of Israel’s Arab minority, in civil rights, housing, and education… We advance the values of liberal democracy including freedom of speech.

Shared Society and Combating Racism

NIF’s works to advance a vision of Israel that functions as a shared society that values social unity and rejects racism and discrimination against Israeli minorities.

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Human Rights and Democracy

Israel’s Declaration of Independence establishes a state that ensures “complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants irrespective of religion, race or sex.” NIF works to transform that ideal into reality and to promote the protection of human rights for all people living under Israel’s control.

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Social and Economic Justice

NIF works to reduce social and economic gaps as a means of safeguarding democracy and a cohesive society.

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Religious Freedom

NIF believes that freedom of – and from – religion are crucial to the survival of a just and democratic Israel. We fight for religious tolerance, and work to oppose the rabbinic hierarchy’s exclusion of women.

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Palestinian Israelis

20% of Israel’s citizens are Palestinians. We seek to promote equality for Palestinian-Israelis as well as expanding their participation in Israel’s democratic processes and institutions.

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New Initiatives for Democracy

Our vision of Israel is as a just, democratic, and egalitarian society. To that end, NIF is now beginning a series of major investments to strengthen the pro-democracy, progressive forces in Israel.

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