Finding New Allies

Two weeks ago, the Israeli government backtracked on the decision to create a non-Orthodox, mixed-gender prayer space at the Western Wall in Jerusalem. Continue reading

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Defending Israelis’ Right to Protest

The Human Rights Defenders Fund (HRDF) and the NIFC partner Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) argued this month for the rights of demonstrators to protest against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after police used excessive force at a demonstration. Continue reading

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From Belfast to Jerusalem

Both Tomer Oshry and Hitham Slama were born after the Six Day War. Both grew up – one in a West Bank Settlement, the other in an Israeli-Arab town – before the first Intifada and still fondly remember enjoying good relations with their Jewish and Arab neighbors. Continue reading

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Life-Saving Radiotherapy Center Opens in Tzfat

Following eight years of tireless work, dedicated activists in northern Israel had plenty of reason to rejoice this week at the opening of a new radiotherapy center at Ziv Hospital in Tzfat. Continue reading

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Israel Grants Residency Status to 200 Asylum Seekers from Darfur

After years of advocacy efforts by NIFC partner the Hotline for Refugees and Migrants, Israel will grant temporary residency status to 200 Darfuri asylum seekers. Continue reading

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Seventh Annual Shira Herzog Symposium Announced

Every day, extraordinary and committed people devote themselves to creating a more just and equal society in Israel.

Meet three individuals whose powerful work alters the way he see and understand social change in Israel. Ayelet Waldman, writer and editor of Kingdom of Olives and Ash; Mutasim Ali, leading activist of Israel’s African asylum seeker community; and Peter Beinart, well-known political commentator and author of The Crisis of Zionism will join us for this seventh annual Shira Herzog Symposium. Continue reading

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50 Years at the Crossroads Live Stream

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Israel Travel Diary

Last month, I had the privilege of joining 18 old and new friends of New Israel Fund of Canada on an eye-opening and profoundly inspiring tour of Israel. We did not swim with dolphins in Eilat, read a newspaper while floating in the Dead Sea, or see the sunrise from Masada. Continue reading

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Jerusalem Day Flower Parade Promotes Solidarity

Dozens of Israelis handed roses to Palestinians in Jerusalem’s Old City on Jerusalem Day as NIF-sponsored organizations countered the extremist marches with a show of solidarity. Continue reading

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Reform Movement Holds Egalitarian Ceremony at the Kotel

Hundreds of Reform Jewish men and women gathered at the Western Wall on May 18 to hold an egalitarian Torah-service without hindrance, an unprecedented event. Continue reading

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