Palestinian Citizens

Advancing Equality for Israel’s Largest Minority

NIFC works 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.

The Palestinian-Israeli community is the main national non-Jewish minority within Israel and is affected directly by the historical Israeli-Arab conflict. Discrimination against this minority is rife in allocation of public resources, representation in decision-making bodies, and more.

Specifically, our focuses are correcting the deep inequality of land use and building permits denied to Arab communities, supporting initiatives to empower Palestinian-Israeli women, and promoting civic engagement.

Examples of recently-funded projects include Bimkom’s work to secure public services for unrecognized Bedouin villages and NIF-Shatil’s support to the leaders of Arab civil society organizations during COVID-19.

Bimkom – Planners For Planning Rights

Advancing Recognition and Proper Planning of Bedouin Villages

Bikmom – Planners for Planning Rights strengthens human rights in the field of urban planning and housing policies in the Negev. Bimkom employs planners, engineers, and legal advisors to help unrecognized Bedouin villages to secure essential services. This year, our project is assisting two villages, including one facing immanent eviction — important work which continues amidst the current crisis.

New Israel Fund's Shatil Department

Strengthening Arab Civil Society in Israel

Shatil is the operating arm of the New Israel Fund in supporting the social change sector as a whole, including training for organizations and activists. Our 2020 project bolsters the capacity of Arab civil society groups via trainings on social change tools, work plan development and implementation, and other capacity building initiatives. During the current crisis, Shatil has quickly shifted to helping Arab civil society organizations adapt and continue their crucial work for Palestinian citizens.

Advancing Workplace Diversity in Jerusalem

Advancing Workplace Diversity in Jerusalem

In Jerusalem, a local subsidiary of an American software design company is working to improve diversity in its 500-person workspace thanks to Shatil. As part of Shatil’s “Diversity in the Workplace” project, the company is working to increase the diversity of staff...

Hackathon Seeks to Hack Crime in Israel’s Arab Communities

Hackathon Seeks to Hack Crime in Israel’s Arab Communities

Last week, Hasoub — a movement of Palestinian citizens of Israel developing the next generation of tech leaders — organized a hackathon to create technological initiatives to combat the growing violence in Israel’s Arab communities. Hasoub organized the event together...

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