Director’s Note: No to Annexation

This week, President Trump revealed his much-awaited, much-delayed “peace plan.” While the details were largely known for months, we are still digesting the impact of its announcement.

The New Israel Fund has always stood for a democratic, equal, and just Israel. But the Trump administration instead have offered Israeli officials and the radical settler right a free pass to march in the opposite direction: toward annexation.

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NIF Partners React to Trump’s Annexation Plan

Responding to President Donald Trump “Vision for Peace,” which encourages and facilitates unilateral Israeli annexation of large parts of the West Bank, opposition from Israeli civil society was widespread. The following is a collection of statements and resources from NIFC project partners and organizations from the NIF network, reacting to the Trump’s administration’s effective greenlighting of unilateral Israeli annexation of the West Bank: Continue reading

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In 2020 — This is What Democracy Looks Like

By Daniel Sokatch, CEO of the New Israel Fund.

We’re just over three weeks into 2020, and it feels like months have passed. The slow-burn constitutional crisis in Israel is in full-swing, as the indicted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Knesset allies face off against the Knesset’s own legal adviser over the question of immunity for the prime minister. The New Israel Fund, as ever, will be watching this election closely. Continue reading

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Our Featured Leaders in Canada: Tema Smith

Continuing our series of profiles of NIFC leaders, this month we focus on Tema Smith. 

Tema is currently director of professional development at InterfaithFamily, an organization that empowers people in interfaith relationships to engage in Jewish life. She is a regular columnist with The Forward. Tema volunteers on NIF’s Program and Outreach Committee.

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