From Our Chief Executive: November 2017

This week marks the centenary of the Balfour Declaration. Amid the debate on its importance and its legacy, it allows us to ask what role we can play in the development of Israel from the UK.

For NIF we are proud to be able to articulate a clear answer with our work supporting changemakers on the ground in Israel and amplifying their voice through our UK activities. A great example of this comes with the launch of the Team for Social Responsibility, details here. This project was launched at an event in London in August drawing on Israel-UK partnerships build over many years. We are excited by the possibilities of the Team using football as a tool for a more tolerant and cohesive society.

This Sunday we will be celebrating our Human Rights Awards Dinner. The response to the Dinner has been fantastic and we expect a record number of guests. The Awards are our opportunity to bring together 500 members of the community to show their deep care for Israel. Awards are presented to organisations committed to Israel’s founding values of democracy and equality in the Jewish homeland. This year the awards are being presented to organisations that represent two very different sides of Israeli life but who are united by these values. Morashtenu works to strengthen democratic values within the Russian-speaking community in Israel. Yesh Din strives to improve human rights in the West Bank. Israeli music icon and peace activist, David Broza is also flying in to London to perform at the event.

That our Dinner coincides with Balfour 100 allows us to draw a direct line from the Balfour Declaration, through Israel’s Declaration of Independence to the work of NIF today standing up for Israel’s values of fairness and equality

 

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