Current Projects in Israel
Together, we support projects and programs in Israel that fight for social and economic justice, religious freedom, civil and human rights, shared society and anti-racism, Palestinian citizens, and democracy itself.
Rapid Response Emergency Projects
Starting immediately, NIFC will be devoting $100,000 towards emergency projects that confront emerging threats and fuel new grassroots initiatives defending democracy, pushing back on extremism, and protecting vulnerable populations.
Haqel: In Defense of Human Rights
Emergency Human Rights Monitoring in the Area C of West Bank
After Israeli settlers violently rampaged in the Palestinian village of Huwara, NIFC is responding to protect against further settler and military violence in Area C of the the Occupied Palestinian Territories by funding this emergency project with Jewish-Arab human rights group Haqel. This project immediately increases monitoring, legal aid, and advocacy for Palestinian residents particularly in the South Hebron Hills, Bethlehem area, and the northern West Bank.
Additional Emergency Projects
Funded on a rolling basis
In partnership with the New Israel Fund’s rapid response grants pool in Israel, additional emergency projects responding to immediate events will be approved throughout the year.
Human & Civil Rights
Protecting Israeli Citizens and Democracy Online
FakeReporter exposes malicious online activity aimed at democratic systems, inauthentic influence campaigns, fraud, hate speech, incitement, conspiracies, and lies. FakeReporter exposes the mechanisms and actors behind online malicious activity, assists activists and organizations under attack, increases the accountability of tech companies and involvement of civil servants, as well as provides real time crisis response. In 2023, this project will proactively combat online incitement and digital organizing by extremists by empowering the public to report and expose malicious online activity.
Breaking the Silence
Educating Young People on the Occupation
Breaking the Silence is an organization of veteran combatants who have served in the Israeli military since the start of the second intifada. They work to stimulate public debate about the price paid for a reality in which young soldiers rule over a civilian population and control Palestinians’ everyday lives. For most young Jewish Israelis, discussion of the occupation is absent from Israel’s education system; military service will be their first encounter with Palestinian and the reality of the occupation. In 2023, this project will educate students and educators about human rights in the Occupied Territories in both formal and informal settings, such as youth group chapters and high schools.
Shared Society & Combating Racism
Shared Cities Initiative
The Abraham Initiatives is a shared society organization that models solutions for equal and positive Jewish-Arab relations in Israel. This year, Abraham Initiatives anticipates major efforts to roll back rights for Palestinian citizens and to demonize Jewish-Arab partnership. The Abraham Initiatives educates municipal leaders in how municipal authorities in “mixed cites” can close gaps in budgets, services, and decision-making for Jewish and Arab residents jointly – and how the local level can be a bulwark for safeguarding minority rights and preventing intercommunal violence. In 2023, this project will work with municipal leaders of Jewish-Arab mixed cities to protect Jewish-Arab partnership and equality at the local level.
Palestinian Citizens of Israel
Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel
Litigation and Media Outreach to Protect and Defend the Human Rights of Arab Bedouin Citizens of Israel living in the Naqab (Negev)
Adalah is the leading Palestinian legal center and human rights organization based in Israel and the sole Palestinian-run organization that works before Israeli courts to protect the human rights of Palestinians in Israel. In the coming year, Adalah anticipates major efforts to displace Bedouin communities in the Negev-Naqab by the central government. Legal interventions can critically delay and even prevent unfair demolitions of impoverished communities’ homes and livelihoods. In 2023, this project will defend the residents of unrecognized and newly-recognized Bedouin villages through litigation and advocacy.
New Israel Fund's Shatil
Developing New Young Palestinian Leadership
Shatil is the operating department of NIF in Israel and is committed to fostering new civil society leaders in Israel, especially among Palestinian citizens. Within the Israeli-Arab sector, many young people are motivated – but struggle — to address skyrocketing crime, poor post-secondary opportunities, institutional discrimination, women’s equality, and more. In answer, Shatil in 2022 piloted Rawabit (Connections), a year-long leadership program designed to develop young Palestinians who have the potential to lead social change from within. In addition to trainings, each participant will lead a new initiative in their community. In 2023, this project will develop stronger future Palestinian civil society leaders through a year-long, intensive leadership course.
Israel Hofsheet (Be Free Israel)
Center for Training and New Initiatives
Israel Hofsheet is the leading grassroots advocacy organization fighting for religious freedom. This year, Israel Hofsheet anticipates major efforts to roll back a wide swath of women’s and LGBTQ rights and to advance religious control over public spaces. Their training centre educates local-level and especially young leaders in how their city councils and municipal authorities set policy on these issues – and how the local level can be a bulwark for protecting religious freedom and gender equality. In 2023, this project will train local and young leaders at the municipal level to protect religious freedom.
New Israel Fund's Shatil
The Forum Against Women’s Exclusion: Combating Anti-Feminist Legislation in the Public Sphere
Shatil is the operating department of NIF in Israel and in 2018 created the Forum Against the Exclusion of Women, a coalition of Israel’s most important 17 women’s rights and religious freedom organizations from across the religious spectrum. This year, the Forum anticipates major efforts to roll back a wide swath of women’s and LGBTQ rights and to advance religious control over public spaces. In 2023, this project will coordinate the Forum Against the Exclusion of Women as they respond to legislation, policy changes, and public debate.
New Initiatives for Democracy
The Heschel Center for Sustainability
Sustainability Partnerships Program
The Heschel Center for Sustainability promotes sustainable values, planning, and living for a just society. This leadership program is a collaboration between the Heschel Center, A Place for Change, and the Arava Institute that fosters long-term collaborations between progressive organizations that work in different fields. The program educates 20+ individuals from eight organizations over nine months to study social change successes around the world and to craft joint campaigns on gender equality, labor rights, religious freedom, and especially Jewish-Arab partnership. In 2023, this project will develop stronger future Israeli civil society leaders through a year-long leadership program that deepens collaborations between social change groups.
Social & Economic Justice
The Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI)
Protecting Social and Economic Rights
ACRI’s pursuit of economic and social justice for all is anchored in Israel’s basic law protecting human dignity. This year, ACRI anticipates major efforts to roll back protections over civil liberties of Israel’s most vulnerable populations and exacerbate socioeconomic hardships. In 2023, this project will use litigation and advocacy defend the rights citizens, residents and asylum seekers in Israel related to health, education, and the welfare system.
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