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The New Israel Fund Australia podcast brings you interviews, stories and events with some of Israel and Diaspora Jewry's most influential and impactful voices.

NIF is a partnership of Israelis and supporters of Israel worldwide, dedicated to a vision of Israel as both the Jewish homeland and a democracy for all its citizens. We promote freedom, equality and social justice in Israel by funding Israeli non-profits and fostering new discussions in the Australian Jewish community.

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The New Israel Fund Australia podcast brings you interviews, stories and events with some of Israel and Diaspora Jewry's most influential and impactful voices.

NIF is a partnership of Israelis and supporters of Israel worldwide, dedicated to a vision of Israel as both the Jewish homeland and a democracy for all its citizens. We promote freedom, equality and social justice in Israel by funding Israeli non-profits and fostering new discussions in the Australian Jewish community.

    NIF + Haaretz: Live in Australia

    NIF + Haaretz: Live in Australia

    Join two leading journalists from Haaretz, Israel’s oldest daily newspaper and one of its most influential media outlets, for in-depth analysis on Israeli politics one year into the new coalition government, reflections on the state of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and a discussion on future of Israel’s relationship with Diaspora Jewry.
    Noa Landau, Haaretz’s deputy editor-in-chief, and Judy Maltz, a thirty year veteran of the paper who covers the Jewish world, join this special event, recorded in Sydney. (You can also watch it on YouTube if you prefer.)
    The conversation was moderated by Debbie Whitmont, a Walkley winning journalist and former Middle East correspondent for the ABC.
    A note on production: the day after this event was hosted the Israeli government announced it would dissolve and new elections would be held. You can read more at Haaretz.com.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    A Conversation with Ehud Olmert: Peace, War and the Future

    A Conversation with Ehud Olmert: Peace, War and the Future

    Join our special discussion with Ehud Olmert, Israel’s 12th prime minister, about his new book Searching for Peace.
    You can watch this podcast as the original video even, if you prefer. Click through to watch on YouTube.
    Written during his 16 month incarceration for receiving a bribe, the book charts his journey from young Knesset member for the Likud party, to mayor of Jerusalem and finally to prime minister, and his thoughts on the future of relations between Israelis and Palestinians.
    While in government Olmert supported Ariel Sharon’s disengagement from Gaza and breakaway to the new Kadima party, led Israel’s 2008-09 military campaign in Gaza, and was the last Israeli leader to support the establishment of a Palestinian state and conduct serious negotiations to achieve one.
    He announced his resignation as prime minister in 2008 under a corruption cloud and was subsequently convicted for offences related to his time as mayor of Jerusalem and Israel’s trade minister.
    The conversation reflects on his political and personal journey, the ongoing cycle of violence in Gaza and his personal legacy as a prime minister and thoughts on the future for Israel and Palestine.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    A Conversation with Ohad Naharin: Israel, Dance & the Sydney Festival

    A Conversation with Ohad Naharin: Israel, Dance & the Sydney Festival

    Listen to our event with Israel Prize winning choreographer and contemporary dancer Ohad Naharin.
    You can watch the full event on our YouTube page.
    Over the last month, calls to boycott the Sydney Festival after it received sponsorship from the Israeli embassy for a production of Naharin’s Decadance have featured prominently on social and mainstream media.
    One of Israel’s most celebrated cultural identities, our conversation with Naharin will canvas his work over more than three decades at the Batsheva Dance Company, the founding of the Gaga movement, his political activism, and the ongoing debate about the Sydney Festival and the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement.

    • 49 min
    Launch of “Can We Talk About Israel?” with Daniel Sokatch

    Launch of “Can We Talk About Israel?” with Daniel Sokatch

    You can watch this event as a video on YouTube.
    Join NIF’s global CEO Daniel Sokatch for a Q&A and discussion about his newly released book, “Can We Talk About Israel?”
    Written from his front row seat running NIF, the book grapples with the many fraught conversations that we have about modern Israel today – the settlements, the status of Arab-Israelis, Evangelical support for Israel, the BDS movement and more – in an accessible format, introducing readers to inspiring Israeli activists working for change and breaking down the highly charged polemics of the region.
    “Can We Talk About Israel?” is a must read for those looking for a nuanced take on Israel’s history and its contemporary challenges.
    Professor Emerita Ilana Snyder, president of NIF Australia and a member of the global New Israel Fund board, will be facilitating the discussion.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Weaponing Antisemitism? – A Conversation About the IHRA Working Definition of Antisemitism

    Weaponing Antisemitism? – A Conversation About the IHRA Working Definition of Antisemitism

    This is the audio version of an event we ran on Tuesday 23 November. You can watch it in full on YouTube.
    If the last few years have taught us anything, it's that antisemitism remains a real threat to Jews around the world. Yet, the push to codify the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) working definition of antisemitism in law and policy – a move recently embraced by the Morrison government – has been opposed by leading Jewish American organisations and others who fear it has been weaponised to silence criticism of the Israeli government’s treatment of Palestinians.
    Join the definition’s lead drafter Kenneth Stern, former director of the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation Mark Baker, and student activist at the University of Sydney Nell Cohen for a discussion on the definition’s origins, how it is playing out in governments and on universities and how we can best commit to opposing antisemitism today. The conversation will be facilitated by Jo Kalowski.
    Read more about this issue at https://www.nif.org.au/ihra_resources

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Reem Younis & Naomi Chazan on Rebuilding Jewish-Arab Shared Society – 10 Years of NIF Australia

    Reem Younis & Naomi Chazan on Rebuilding Jewish-Arab Shared Society – 10 Years of NIF Australia

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    Join our discussion with two leaders from NIF's global board – Naomi Chazan, former deputy speaker of the Knesset, and Reem Younis, co-founder of Nazareth-based Alpha Omega and hi-tech entrepreneur – on the future of Jewish-Arab shared society in Israel after the inter-communal violence earlier this year.
    This clip is part of NIF's celebration of 10 years event. Watch the full video on YouTube.

    • 22 min

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