Our hearts are heavy this Monday. As a community of people dedicated to the values of justice and equality, the New Israel Fund stands in solidarity with all people speaking out against injustice. We cannot remain silent as people in cities across America protest police brutality and racism. We stand with communities of color and say: black lives matter.
We also know that the challenges of police brutality and institutionalized racism are not unique to the United States. In Israel, Arab and Jewish citizens are joining together to demand justice after a police officer in East Jerusalem killed Eyad Hallaq, an unarmed Palestinian man with special needs. At protests in Tel Aviv, Jaffa, Jerusalem, and Be’er Sheva, demonstrators expressed solidarity with Americans seeking justice for George Floyd and so many others.
The New Israel Fund works every day to combat racism and advance equality in Israel. Today, we stand in solidarity with communities of color and people working for justice here in America.