Given the military confrontation between Israel and Hamas, which came on the heels of unprecedented incitement and tension between Jewish and Arab Israelis, NIF stands ready to fund projects through our Emergency Grant Program that fulfill at least one of the following criteria:
1. Supports activity that seeks to decrease the current tension between Jews and Arabs within Israel.
2. Support to organizations that are assisting Israeli citizens who live under threat of rocket attacks with priority given to those assisting underprivileged Israelis.
3. Support to organizations -- either Human Rights or Shared Society organizations -- that need to increase their staff capacity or have other special needs related to fulfilling their mission during the current situation.
4. Support to Human Rights organizations that protect the right of protest and/or provide accountability regarding the behavior of the police or the military.
Emergency Grants Approved to Date (Updated July 16, 2014)
To Neve Shalom to pay for transportation costs related to an initiative that will bring Jewish residents from Kfar Sabba to the Arab town of Tira. The background for this initiative is that every Shabbat there is an open market in Tira which is generally visited by about 5,000 Jews every week. Due to the current tension, there is a concern that the Jewish public will avoid the market and by doing so will exacerbate tension between the two communities. The Mayors of Kar Sabba and Tira are collaborating with the initiative and both of them will speak at the event.
To Mahapach-Tagir to pay for expenses related to a conference of Jewish and Palestinian Israelis. Mahapach-Tagir is an NIF grantee that has encompasses eight local communities (4 Jewish and 4 Arab) in the center and the north. Due to the current tensions they plan on holding a special conference in which representatives of all eight communities will participate. The goal of the conference is to design a joint work plan for all the communities to deal with the current situation.
To Ha'oketz to enable them to promote their content. Ha'oketz is a website that publishes op-eds and news stories. At this time, there is a critical need in Israel for independent and alternative media sources.
To the Forum for Immigrant Families to allow this organization serving the Russian-speaking population in Israel to open a hotline, staffed by professional therapists, to serve Russian speaking families living under threat of rocket attack.
To the Jerusalem Movement to help pay for refreshments for children who are bused to Jerusalem from the south of Israel for a day of relaxation and fun further away from the rocket attacks.
To Al Amar to help establish a series of special working groups for young Palestinian-Israeli politcal activists to help them organize non-violent protests.
To Awareness for You to conduct more joint activities for Jews and Arabs living in the north of Israel.
To Tag Meir to help defray the costs of two large events it held in Jerusalem in recent weeks, including to cover the cost of transportation for the 350 Jewish Israelis who visited the family of Mohammed Abu-Khdier, the slain Palestinian teenager from East Jerusalem.
To the Coalition Against Racism for a bus that will run between Jewish and Arab localities with a message of Shared Society and for a social media campaign carrying the same message.
To Anu to facilitate its “Good News” campaign that is providing the media with information on new dialogue groups and other initiatives that bring Jews and Arabs together.
To the Mirkam Group to hold a joint Jewish-Arab break the fast event in Yeruham. This year, 17th Tammuz (the minor Jewish fast day commemorating the breach of the walls of Jerusalem before the destruction of the Second Temple) coincided with Ramadan. Jews and Bedouins were able to join together and discuss solutions to the heightened tensions in their neighboring communities.
To Eretz Acheret Magazine to help cover the costs of a special edition highlighting the need to confront the current challenge posed by racism and incitement.
To B'Tselem, one of Israel’s most well-respected human rights organizations, to help cover the costs of additional field researchers and to hire a security guard for the Jerusalem office.
To Hand in Hand, a network of Jewish-Arab schools, for special weekly activities promoting shared society. Recent efforts include a well-attended “human chain” protest against hatred and racism in the Wadi Ara region, the “Marching Hand in Hand against Racism and Violence” event in Jaffa, and a break the fast meal amplifying voices promoting cooperation and hope in the Galilee.
We will make every effort to update this list as soon as grants are approved, but due to the fluid nature of the situation it's possible that there may be some delays.