The New Israel Fund (NIF) exists to support projects which seek to ensure Israel’s long term survival and prosperity by underpinning its democracy. It is an unashamedly pro-Israel organisation. It shares its vision with that of Israel’s founders when they declared in the Declaration of Independence that Israel would “ensure complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants irrespective of religion, race or sex” and that it would “guarantee freedom of religion, conscience, language, education and culture.” Since its establishment in 1979, the NIF has raised over £140 million to establish and support around 800 civil society organisations. As a result its grantees have been able to ensure equal rights for women and minority communities; they have worked for, and helped to uphold, many of the landmark human rights rulings of the Israeli Supreme Court; and they have encouraged and facilitated dialogue and cooperation between Israeli Jews and Arabs, thus contributing to Israeli’s vibrant democracy. In the UK, NIF raises funds for its work in Israel and helps to educate the Jewish and general communities about the social challenges facing Israeli society.
“NIF believes that Israel’s strength and long-term future depend on it continuing to align itself with the core values of Western democracy – free speech, justice, and equal rights. Arab citizens are an integral part of Israeli society and by treating them fairly and encouraging them to have a stake in Israel’s future, the country, and everyone in it will benefit. Since NIF has been promoting equality and social justice for Israel’s Arab community for so many years, we joined the Task Force to encourage others to get more involved in these issues towards a better future for Israel.”
Adam Ognall, Executive Director, NIF
14 December 2016
Sessions at Limmud Conference on issues relating to Arab citizens of Israel Including the excluded: the need for involving Arab voices at every
8 December 2016
Haifa University’s Professor Sammy Smooha has researched ethnic relations in Israeli society and particularly Arab-Jewish relations, since the 1970s. Over the years he has collected
26 October 2016
Leading Israeli soccer players and Jewish and Arab children taking part in joint soccer training will gather in Haifa on Wednesday for a multi-ethnic soccer tournament and a conference on combating racism in sport.
27 July 2016
Mr. Prime Minister: you spoke out for equality for the most discriminated-against sector in Israeli society. You said that your election-eve comment about Arabs coming out to vote “in droves” was misunderstood. Around the world, people are watching your video with scepticism, but also with hope that this, perhaps, at last augers a change for the better. I hope you take action to prove that you are a man of your word.
4 July 2016
Dr Nof Atmana-Ismaeel, the Arab micro-biologist who won Israeli MasterChef in 2014, visited London as a guest of the UK Task Force on issues relating
16 June 2016
A new initiative launched in January aims to foster more fair and equal representation of Arab citizens of Israel in Israeli media. The Representation Index