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This weekend saw thousands of Israelis take to the streets of Jerusalem and elsewhere to protest against corruption and the insufficient government response to the terrible new wave of coronavirus. At this time when the legitimacy of the civil demonstration is under assault – in Israel and across the world – NIF and our grantees are at the forefront of defending the freedom to protest in Israel.
Responding to the news that Israel plans to sign an agreement with the UAE that would temporarily “suspend” the Israeli government’s plans to annex parts of the West Bank, NIF CEO Daniel Sokatch released this statement - Click to read
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The New Israel Fund mourns the loss of Professor Ruth Gavison z”l, one of Israel’s towering intellectual forces and legal minds.
"Even though she was always the smartest person in the room, she was willing to talk to everybody. Never boastful or mocking, she was absolutely sincere in her desire to hear your argument and, if need be, challenge it. And her intellectual rigour and combativeness always had a purpose. She came to be a bridge between different elements of Israeli society."
David Myers, NIF President
In Israel right now, we are facing a rapid increase in COVID-19 cases, an economic crisis with about one million Israelis unemployed, and harsh crackdowns on nonviolent protestors.
Thousands of Israelis are calling for government action and protesting outside the Prime Minister's residence on Balfour Street, Jerusalem.
So why are some Israeli hardliners, like Transportation Minister Miri Regev, falsely accusing NIF of paying protestors?
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, NIF is protecting the most marginalised and vulnerable communities, defending civil liberties and democracy, and maintaining a vibrant and strong civil society.