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Making a Difference

Young Arab Israeli Changemakers

The New Israel Fund mobilizes Israelis to make positive, progressive change by strengthening Israeli civil society and fighting the inequality, injustice, and extremism that diminish Israel. We invest in long-term change, nurturing progressive grassroots activism and civil society leadership—even while we remain ever at-the-ready on the most urgent issues of democracy in Israel.

NIF advocates for equality for all Israelis. That means we defend women’s rights, fight for the rights of non-Orthodox Jews, and fight for equality for LGBTQ Israelis. It means we empower Israelis working to uphold human rights in the occupied territories and oppose the settlement enterprise. It means we advance civil rights and access to housing and education for Palestinian citizens of Israel. It means we protect minority rights. It means that we stand for the values of democracy in Israel.

Shared Society and Combating Racism

NIF works to advance a society in Israel that is truly shared among its residents, one in which every Israeli has an equal stake. We are committed to combating racism and protecting minorities from discrimination.

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Human Rights and Democracy

NIF works to transform Israel’s founding ideal of complete equality for all into reality, and to protect the human rights of 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 building a cohesive society.

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Religious Freedom

NIF works to secure freedom of and from religion, as part of a vision of a just and democratic Israel. We fight for religious tolerance, for gender equality, and against the ultra-Orthodox monopoly on religious life.

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Palestinian Citizens of Israel

NIF seeks to promote full equality for Palestinian citizens of Israel, who comprise 20% of Israel’s population, and to enhance their participation in Israel’s democratic processes and institutions.

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New Initiatives for Democracy

NIF is bolstering pro-democracy, progressive forces in Israel in the face of mounting challenges.

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