The Abraham Fund Initiatives (TAFI) is a not-for-profit organisation working since 1989 to promote coexistence and equality among Israel’s Jewish and Arab citizens. Named for the common ancestor of both Jews and Arabs, The Abraham Fund works toward a prosperous, secure and just society by conducting large-scale initiatives in Israel (e.g. ‘Language as a Cultural Bridge’), promoting government policies based on these initiatives and educating Israeli citizens (both Jewish and Arab) about the importance of building a shared, inclusive society.
The UK Friends of the Abraham Fund Initiatives promotes co-existence and equality in Israel by focusing on two central goals:
1. supporting the implementation of programmes and initiatives in Israel through the raising of funds for TAFI-Israel
2. raising awareness of the issues concerning coexistence and equality of Jewish and Arab citizens of Israel.
Members of the UK Friends of the Abraham Fund Initiatives include Jews, Muslims, Christians and members of other communities in the UK who are united in the belief that Israel can and should be both a homeland for the Jewish people and a democratic state for all its citizens, Jews and Arabs alike.
“I passionately believe that building a shared society based on equality and co-existence between Israel’s Arab and Jewish citizens is the most critical internal issue facing Israel today. More than that, I believe that realising this vision will bring economic, social and security benefits to all Israel’s citizens. Above all, it is right and just and fulfils the promise made by Israel’s founders in its Declaration of Independence, that ‘The State of Israel will……ensure complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants, irrespective of religion, race or sex….”
Laurence Kaye, Chair, UK Friends of the Abraham Fund Initiatives
25 April 2017
MK Aida Touma-Suleiman (Joint List), who is the chairperson of the Knesset’s Committee on the Status of Women and Gender Equality, called the appointment “a historic step in the Arab feminist movement in Israel, a step that benefits not only Arab-Muslim women, but the entire Arab population in Israel.”
8 March 2017
The head of the Arab Joint List faction, MK Ayman Odeh, along with fellow Joint List lawmakers Masud Ganaim and Jamal Zahalka, backed a plan developed by two coexistence NGOs that would see Arab towns establish their own local volunteering programs for local army-age youth.
The programme is a joint initiative of the Abraham Fund, an Israeli non-profit working on Arab-Jewish coexistence issues, and the Arab-Jewish Center for Equality, Empowerment and Cooperation (JEEC-NISPED)
26 February 2017
An amendment to the Planning and Building Law that will increase enforcement and penalties for illegal construction is being ardently opposed by Arab MKs and dovish rights groups on the grounds that it ignores alleged government failures to provide Arabs with the means to build legally.
12 February 2017
The Ministerial Committee for Legislation voted on Sunday to provide government backing for the new version of the “muezzin bill,” a proposal to ban religious institutions from using outdoor loudspeakers at night. Amnon Be’eri Sulitzeanu and Dr. Thabet Abu Ras, co-CEOs of the Abraham Fund Initiatives NGO that deals with Jewish-Muslim relations in Israel, said that the bill will only add to the tension between the two religions. “It seems that the true goal of the bill is to harm the Arab sector,” they said. “Passing the bill will be foolish; it will load the interfaith relations with more religious animosity, which was relatively minor up until now.”
4 February 2017
The some 5,000 protesters voiced their anger over recent home demolitions in the Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran and in the northern Arab village of Qalansawe, saying the government’s handling of those incidents contrasted sharply with its treatment of settlers in the illegal West Bank outpost of Amona, which was evacuated this week.
Anton Goodman, director of development for the coexistence organization The Abraham Fund called the demonstration “an outpouring of emotion from those who know from deep practical experience that better Jewish and Arab relations are attainable.”
14 December 2016
Israel’s population is a mishmash of Jewish communities from around the globe, with a healthy dash of local Arabs. Like any society, Israel struggles to find a way to create a healthy shared society between the disparate parts of the community that came to the land with their own customs, cultures, emotional baggage and expectations.