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.

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...

Recordings of Recent Webinars

Recordings of Recent Webinars

Watch these recent recordings by NIFC and our partner organizations. Click on the title to watch the recording. Women in the New Israeli Coalition July 1, 2021 New Israel Fund UK, featuring Prof Frances Raday, Elah Alkalay, and Nabila Espanioly. Sheikh Jarrah 101:...

Putting Palestinian-Israeli Housing Rights on the Agenda

Putting Palestinian-Israeli Housing Rights on the Agenda

With high reproduction rates, Israel’s population grows by 2% each year, and is set to double by 2065, a rate of growth which outpaces other members of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The National Economic Council, the Israel Forum...

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