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.

Strengthening Arab Israeli Civil Society

Strengthening Arab Israeli Civil Society

Fighting inequality between Jewish and Palestinian citizens of Israel is a key NIFC priority, and an issue Shatil has been tackling since its founding. The significance of this problem was thrown into stark relief during April through May of this year, when...

LISTEN: Groundwork Podcast

LISTEN: Groundwork Podcast

We're so excited to announce the launch of a new pilot for a podcast series, Groundwork. It’s about Palestinians and Jews refusing to accept the status quo and working together for change. It’s co-hosted by Sally Abed, an activist and Dina Kraft, a journalist. Powered...

Standing in Solidarity with Sheikh Jarrah

Standing in Solidarity with Sheikh Jarrah

Dozens of Israelis marched through the streets of Jerusalem last Friday to the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in solidarity with the Palestinian residents who face eviction from their homes. The march was organized by Omdim Beyachad (Standing Together), Israel’s...

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