New Israel Fund of Canada’s 2018 projects

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Here are our 2018 projects, categorized by our core issue areas:

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Pledge: I won’t give up on Israel’s asylum seekers

For the past 10 years, the New Israel Fund of Canada and the global NIF family have been fighting for a just solution for Israel’s 38,000 asylum seekers. Despite Netanyahu’s recent cancellation of a promising resolution, we’re not giving up. 

Take this pledge with us and join other Canadian Jews who won’t give up either.

Over the coming months, we’ll work together to educate our fellow Canadians, advocate to the Israeli government, and support the Israelis leading the efforts in Israel.

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Our Statement on Netanyahu’s Recent Cancellation of UN Deal on Asylum Seekers 

The New Israel Fund of Canada is proud of our work defending refugee rights in Israel. Together with hundreds of Canadian Jews who have joined in efforts with Israeli activists, we are working to protect the rights Canadians and Israelis cherish.
Canadians donated thousands of dollars towards emergency needs of Israeli NGOs opposing the cruel deportation plan that would have sent up to 37,000 people to countries where they would have faced serious risks to their safety and lives. This would have happened without Israel even reviewing their asylum applications. In response, the New Israel Fund of Canada brought together Canadian rabbis to join nearly 1,000 Jewish clergy around the world in signing a letter to Prime Minister Netanyahu.

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Read About Asylum Seekers Facing Deportation from Israel


There are about 38,000 asylum seekers in Israel, mainly from Sudan and Eritrea. In January, 2018, the Israeli government advanced plans to deport the thousands who had not yet succeeded in applying for asylum status or who had applied but were rejected.

In April, Prime Minister Netanyahu announced a deal with the United Nations to grant temporary asylum to around 16,000 asylum seekers and to send the rest to Western countries – including Canada – prepared to accept them, rather than to dangerous places like Uganda and Rwanda.

Just hours after signing the historic deal, Netanyahu caved to right-wing pressure and suspended its implementation.

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Our Top 10 Accomplishments in 2017

Introducing Ben Murane, Executive Director

I am honoured to be the new Executive Director of the New Israel Fund of Canada.

NIFC has an exciting history of creating positive change in Israel and here in Canada. After just one month on the job, I am inspired by the Israelis we’ve supported for over 30 years, and by the impact they’ve had on Israeli society. Continue reading

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Shared Society: 2017 Success Story

Palestinian Landowners Are Allowed to Access Their Land

Palestinians who have land in the West Bank do not have free access to their land, are harassed by settlers, and have their produce stolen or destroyed. And the army does too little too late to protect them. Continue reading

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Social Justice: 2017 Success Story

Basic Human Dignity Is Upheld for Asylum Seekers in Holot

Prisons and detention centres in Israel are severely overcrowded, robbing people of basic human dignity. In the Holot Detention Centre in the Negev, which houses some 3,300 African asylum seekers, there is serious overcrowding, and a ban on bringing personal belonging into the centre. Continue reading

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Women’s Rights: 2017 Success Story

Groundbreaking Court Ruling Advances Women’s Rights

The Israeli Declaration of Independence assures equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants, irrespective of religion, race, or gender. And yet, women in Israel are still treated as second-class citizens, facing discriminatory practices and laws that limit their power and voice. Continue reading

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Human & Civil Rights: 2017 Success Story

High Court Rules that Human Rights Ad Is Not Controversial

Over the past year, democracy in Israel has received a number of blows. Anti-democratic legislation is pushing for discriminatory policies against non-Jewish citizens of Israel and minorities, and proposes diminishing the power of the courts. Continue reading

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Exciting Changes at the New Israel Fund of Canada

Fifteen years ago, I first heard about the New Israel Fund of Canada. I was immediately drawn to its commitment to bettering Israeli society, and I’ve been a supporter and a volunteer ever since.

I’ve been inspired as NIFC has grown in Canada. Every year, we’ve raised more and more funds for social change in Israel, expanded our staff, and broken barriers on important issues. And we have reached so many passionate supporters of Israel. Continue reading

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