In the UK
NIF in the UK frequently features prominent speakers who provide valuable insight into the issue areas that the New Israel Fund works to advance. These events serve as a great way for all of us to show our support for Israel and learn about the complexities on the ground.
Behind the Headlines
NIF UK are proud to present our Behind the Headlines podcast series, which provides in-depth analysis and commentary on topical issues in Israel from our network of activists and civil society leaders in the field.
This year’s Jerusalem Pride marked a year since the murder of 16 year-old Shira Banki z”l. In an amazing show of solidarity from across Israel’s communities, 25,000 people joined the march, demonstrating their support for the principles of freedom of expression, the dignity of all human beings, and tolerance. The run-up to Pride events across Israel, however, was not without its challenges…
This month, we were delighted to be able to put your questions to NIF’s global leaders Daniel Sokatch, CEO and Talia Sasson, President while they were in London for NIF’s International Board Meeting. Talia and Daniel answered questions about everything from Israel and Brexit, to the BDS movement, to how to make a strategic investment for impact.
Yom Yerushalayim is a highly sensitive day, celebrating the emotive moment in which the Jewish people regained access to the Western Wall, as well as marking the beginning of Israeli occupation & annexation of East Jerusalem. The tense nature of the day is exacerbated by the “March of Flags”, a parade which culminates in a dramatic march through the Muslim Quarter of the old city, which has been marred for years by racist slogans and incitement to violence.
Yom HaZikaron is Israel’s national Memorial Day for its fallen soldiers and victims of terror. It is marked on the eve of Israel’s Independence Day, suggesting an explicit link between the sacrifice made by those we mourn and the very existence of the State of Israel. Combatants for Peace (CFP) and the Parents Circle Families Forum (PCFF) have been hosting an alternative, and some feel contentious, ceremony to mark Yom HaZikaron for the past decade.
This month, we caught up with Avner Gvaryahu of NIF grantee Breaking the Silence (BtS) to hear how he’s been dealing with the most recent smear campaign against the NGO. Avner responded to allegations against BtS and told us about how he came to break his own silence.
This month, Israeli singer Noa (Achinoam Nini) found herself in the headlines when JNF Canda withdrew their support from an upcoming concert featuring her, falsely alleging that she was a BDS supporter. Noa is an outspoken peace activist & critic of the current Israeli government. Delegitimisation of politically outspoken cultural figures is increasingly prevalent in Israel today with growing attempts to silence and side-line those deemed ‘disloyal’ to Israel.
This month we take a look at the state of Israel’s democracy as regards minority rights. NIF UK’s Kalela Lancaster speaks to Rawnak Natour, Co-Director of Sikkuy, about the rights of Arab-Israelis as a minority community. We take a deeper look at two key developments: the Arab Economic Development Plan and the New Civics Textbook.
In this podcast we take a look at the fiery debate currently taking place about the state of Israeli democracy, in the face of attempts to delegitimize and stifle voices critical of government policy. NIF’s Kalela Lancaster speaks to Hagai El-Ad, Director of Israeli human rights NGO B’tselem, who is among those who have been targeted in a recent smear campaign against human rights activists.
In this podcast, we host Alon Visser, one of the leaders of the current protests against the gas deal. Alon speaks to us about how the demonstrations against the gas deal are linked to the social protests of 2011 and how the gas deal has become a big issue for Israeli democracy.
In this podcast, we host Nimrod Goren, founder and head of the Israeli progressive foreign policy think-tank Mitvim, who talks to NIF’s Kalela Lancaster about the importance of looking outwards rather than inwards at times of crisis and terror, the incentives for peace which the international community has put on the table, and attitudes to peace within Israeli society.
In this podcast, we host Shatil’s Head of Community Organising Avi Dabush, who talks to NIF’s Kalela Lancaster about the growing grassroots movements in Israel that are working to counter hate crimes, and are pushing Israel’s decision-makers to return to the negotiating table with the Palestinians
In the pilot podcast, we were delighted to host Fentahun Assefa-Dawit, Executive Director of NIF grantee Tebeka (see bio below), who spoke to NIF UK’s Kalela Lancaster about the dramatic protests of Israel’s Ethiopian community which dominated Israel’s headlines during April and May 2015.
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