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.
Planting Justice: Working together for human rights and peace during a time of great tumult
For many years, activists have joined together across sectors to fight for land and rights for those in the occupied Palestinian territories and within Israel. This work has been made all the more challenging today, by major increases in settler violence, enabled by Israel’s most right wing government in history that only this week, continued to expand its authority to advance its “unreasonable” agenda.
In the face of these very challenges, Israelis and Palestinians continue to come together to fight back with a message of hope and peace. In the past year, Rabbis for Human Rights (RHR), launched a project to use resources and plant trees to help communities rebuild and thrive.
The project has also extended to Bedouin communities in the Negev who are consistently prevented from accessing running water and electricity and denied building permits. Working with NIF grantee, the Regional Council of Unrecognised Villages (RCUV), the project is a true testament to fighting for values of justice, equality and peace.
NIF is excited to invite you to join our conversation at this urgent time for human rights in Israel and the occupied territories.
You can watch the event here on Youtube.
Emergency Webinar with International NIF Leadership
It is a dramatic time in Israel. With Netanyahu’s government determined to proceed with their legislation seeking to reform Israel’s democratic infrastructure, we have witnessed Israel’s largest protest movement ever.
This broad protest movement turned into an inspiring non-violent uprising. Hundreds of thousands of citizens woke up, stood up and shouted – demanding freedom, equality and democracy – some for the first time in their lives. Many across the globe did the same. So what is next?
Join NIF’s international leadership for a briefing at this vital time.
Emergency Briefing: Extremism Explodes in the West Bank
After two Israelis were murdered in the occupied Palestinian territories on Sunday evening, Israeli settlers rampaged through the village of Huwara, killing one Palestinian resident and injuring 98 more.
This horrific night – which news organisations including the Times of Israel and Jerusalem Post have called a ‘pogrom’ – comes amid growing violence in the West Bank, with Israel’s far-right government and Jewish supremacist ministers, as well as settlers themselves, calling for an increased Jewish presence, actively encouraging and inciting violence and approving large swathes of illegal settlements.
Join us for a briefing from activists on the ground, Shira Livne from the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI), Avner Gvaryahu from Breaking the Silence and Issa Amro from Youth Against Settlements, Hebron.
Thomas Friedman on the Recent Israeli & US Midterm Elections
As we reflect on our own election results in Australia, yet another Israeli election and the changes in the US since 2020, multiple Pulitzer Prize winning author and New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman joined NIF Australia for a wide-ranging discussion.
You can watch this event as a video on YouTube.
Israel’s Election Merry-Go-Round: An Update from Anshel Pfeffer
Join Anshel Pfeffer, one of Israel’s leading political journalists, for a detailed update ahead of Israel’s fifth election in four years.
With Anshel’s expertise and unique analysis, this is a great opportunity to understand the latest news, candidates, party mergers and new government possibilities, and ask your questions about what it means for Israeli democracy, the likelihood of ongoing instability and the future for peace between Israelis and Palestinians.
This is an audio recording of a live stream hosted by NIF Australia on Monday 5 September. You can watch the video on our YouTube channel at this link.
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.