No to racism. No to annexation.

Trump’s and Netanyahu’s annexation plan will officially plunge Israel into apartheid, and destroy any chance for peace or a just future. We cannot let that happen:

Support our work in this critical time

Whether it’s the 2,300 Zazim members who forced the Health Ministry to publish its critical coronavirus updates also in Arabic, or the thousands more who joined the urgent call to prevent a humanitarian crisis among asylum seekers - in this time of crisis, community care and solidarity is more necessary than ever.

Now, in response to the economic fallout of the pandemic, we are launching a digital rights center together with Rabbis for Human Rights and the Forum for the Struggle Against Poverty, which will provide support in realtime - in Hebrew and Arabic - to thousands needing answers about unemployment benefits, unlawful rent hikes or layoffs, and more. 

Use the secured donation form to chip in now and support our work and community:

Our voice for the future

With the elections results in, it’s clear: In the coming year, our movement’s voice will be more important than ever. In the face of a government built on hateful rhetoric and racist incitement, and a coalition that will do anything to demolish already fragile democratic norms and institutions - our movement will face it’s toughest challenge yet. But we don’t have the privilege to give up. Together we must raise a clear and loud voice for a future of equality, Arab-Jewish solidarity, and hope. 

Only a spirited and determined people-powered movement will be able to put our fractured democracy back together, but in order to provide a horizon of hope for a better future - we have to be bigger, more powerful, and more determined than ever before. Let’s do it together.

Join us now with a sustaining monthly donation - any amount is meaningful:

*If you are unable to chip in monthly, support us now with a one-time donation by clicking the ״one-time״ box
** Regretfully, we cannot accept monthly donations through the New Israel Fund 

Our voice for the future

With the elections results in, it’s clear: In the coming year, our movement’s voice will be more important than ever. In the face of a government built on hateful rhetoric and racist incitement, and a coalition that will do anything to demolish already fragile democratic norms and institutions - our movement will face it’s toughest challenge yet. But we don’t have the privilege to give up. Together we must raise a clear and loud voice for a future of equality, Arab-Jewish solidarity, and hope. 

Only a spirited and determined people-powered movement will be able to put our fractured democracy back together, but in order to provide a horizon of hope for a better future - we have to be bigger, more powerful, and more determined than ever before. Let’s do it together.

Use the secured form to chip in now - any amount is meaningful:

Standing side by side with Palestinians

We know the settlers and military will do everything to stop us - but we are not backing down. In the coming months, facing Trump’s annexation plan and growing extremism, we will continue to stand side by side with Palestinians, resist the occupation, and fight for a just and democratic future. But in order to succeed, we need you with us. Last year, 80% of our budget came from small donations by members just like you.

Use the secured donation form here support us now, so we will be able to continue fighting in the coming months and years:

Planting trees of hope

Homes sprayed with racist graffiti, entire olive groves destroyed, a mosque set on fire. The Palestinian residents of Yasuf suffer from relentless attacks by extremist settlers - and now Trump’s annexation plan will permanently trap them in a tiny enclave between violent settler outposts.

This Friday, in honor of Tu B’Shvat, we will go together with “Rabbis for Human Rights” to Yasuf, to plant new olive trees in place of those uprooted. Each bus to Yasuf costs 2,100 NIS, or $600 - and with each bus, 50 more Israelis can join.

Use the secured donation form here to chip in now, so we can stand side by side with the Palestinians of Yasuf, and plant a future of hope:

Standing up to annexation together

It seems a matter of time before the annexation of the Jordan Valley becomes official - but the truth is that already now tens of thousands of Palestinians in the Jordan Valley are facing daily violence from settlers and soldiers

In order to create a real alternative to annexation - and to bring the silenced voices of Palestinians to the heart of the Israeli public debate - we are organizing a solidarity tour and action with Palestinian farmers in the Jordan Valley, and will be launching a massive media campaign in the coming days. But in order to succeed, we need your support. Will you chip in now so we’ll be able to bring the voice of Palestinian residents to the Israeli public?

Use the secured donation form here to chip in now:

Standing up against Trump’s annexation plan

Annexation, apartheid, and population transfer. Last night, an impeached Trump and an indicted Netanyahu gave the green light to destroy any chance for a future of justice and equality

Trump advanced his “peace” plan without even talking to the Palestinians - so it’s no surprise the plan is a roadmap for apartheid and annexation. The plan promotes revoking citizenship from hundreds of thousands of Arab citizens of Israel, makes settlements permanent, and shatters the Palestinian state to disconnected enclaves. 

Israeli politicians are uniting behind the horrifying plan - and we must raise a clear and loud voice against annexation, and for a future of justice and democracy. Netanyahu wants to force a vote on annexation in the coming days, and we must make our voices heard now, before it’s too late. Join us now, Arab and Jewish Zazim members, in opposing apartheid and annexation, and calling for justice and equality:

Our fight for democracy

With another round of elections approaching, we know 2020 will be challenging - and we will need your support to push back against the wave of racism and incitement.

We don’t take money from corporations or governments - and 80% of our budget this year came from small donations from members just like you. In order to continue building a powerful, meaningful, citizen-led movement that stands for democracy and equality and fights against racism and suppression - we need you with us.

Use the secure donation form here to chip in, and together we’ll continue to fight and win:

Together we stood up to settler violence

Dozens of Israeli activists stood shoulder to shoulder with Palestinian farmers, proving that settler violence will not prevail. After the shocking attack by settlers on Palestinian farmers and activists from the "Rabbis for Human Rights," our community immediately mobilized and dozens of Zazim members chipped in for transportation that brought nearly 100 Israeli activists to support the harvest.

We are deeply moved  - but we know that the fight  to stop settler violence and end the occupation is still long. In order to continue to work together and plan for future campaigns, we need to know that we can count on your support now and throughout the year. 

Join our family of supporters now using the secured form here:

The next step we’ll take together

For the last three and a half years we have built a people-powered movement more than 140,000 strong - Arabs and Jews from all over the country - who together, action by action, and campaign by campaign, are building a future of equality and partnership for us all. In the past weeks our movement has been working tirelessly, together we defeated the Likud’s voter suppression plan of placing cameras in Arab voting stations, and on election day we ran a hotline in Arabic, providing legal council for citizens reporting disruptions to the voting process.

And even though the injunction prevented us from running our transportation initiative, our movement is stronger today, thanks to the support of members like you of our legal and public fight - so thank you! Now we are facing many new challenges: we’re now in the crosshairs of far-right groups like Im Trizu, and I am certain there will be many more attempts to shut us down. 

But we are not concerned. The choice of hope over despair, and of solidarity over incitement is always the correct choice, and in the end - we will win. Chip in now to support us as we face new challenges in the months ahead, and together we’ll be able to take the next step forward:

What will happen with our transportation initiative

The Knesset Election Committee accepted the Likud party’s petition against Zazim, and issued an injunction to stop our transportation initiative for Bedouin citizens on election day. This decision provides a backwind for the Likud’s efforts to suppress the Arab vote, and entirely ignores the Bedouin citizens - who will simply be unable to vote due to distant and inaccessible polling stations. 

There is no way around it: the Election Committee decision is really bad. It’s bad for the Bedouin citizens in the Negev, it’s bad for Zazim, for all of civil society, and it’s bad for the future of our democracy. The Likud’s petition proved successful in silencing civic democratic action, plain and simple. But we are not about to let them win. We are here and we aren’t going anywhere, and together we’ll continue to fight for a better future.

We invite you to join us, and support Zazim in the face of the incitement and suppression. Today your support is more important than ever - use the secured form here to donate: 

What will happen with our transportation initiative

The Knesset Election Committee accepted the Likud party’s petition against Zazim, and issued an injunction to stop our transportation initiative for Bedouin citizens on election day. This decision provides a backwind for the Likud’s efforts to suppress the Arab vote, and entirely ignores the Bedouin citizens - who will simply be unable to vote due to distant and inaccessible polling stations. 

There is no way around it: the Election Committee decision is really bad. It’s bad for the Bedouin citizens in the Negev, it’s bad for Zazim, for all of civil society, and it’s bad for the future of our democracy. The Likud’s petition proved successful in silencing civic democratic action, plain and simple. But we are not about to let them win. We are here and we aren’t going anywhere, and together we’ll continue to fight for a better future.

We invite you to join us, and support Zazim in the face of the incitement and suppression. Today your support is more important than ever - use the secured form here to donate: 

Bedouin citizens have the right to vote

Nearly 50,000 eligible voters live in unrecognized Bedouin villages in the Negev - without an accessible polling station, public transportation, or private vehicles. Many residents want to vote, but simply have no way to do so. During the last round of elections in April, thanks to small donations by hundreds of our members, we succeeded in bringing about 4,000 voters to the polls. Now, with improved route planning and dozens of incredible volunteer drivers, we are going to quadruple that number

In the face of growing incitement and suppression, our community extends a hand in solidarity to the Bedouin citizens in the Negev, and we say clearly: your voice matters

Every donation, no matter how big or small, will help us bring more voters to the polling stations. Use the secured donation form here to chip in now: 



P.S. Our transportation initiative is ethical, democratic, and completely legal. We do not believe that the Elections committee will stop us, but if it will, it will happen at the last minute. We’ll have to cover the costs that we already agreed to. In such a case, your donation will be crucial for the stability of our organization, and our very ability to keep campaigning. Any amount we raise over the necessary amount will be used for other campaigns against racism, and for advancing a just and equal society.  

We will not be silenced

The institutional discrimination against the Bedouin citizens of Israel has always made them invisible to the authorities. During elections, they get assigned polling places 25-100 km away - with no public transportation or even paved roads.

After years of not doing anything about the subject, despite multiple pleas, now the ruling Likud party is interested: By filing an injunction against our crowdfunded and volunteer effort to bring these oppressed voices to the polls.

Since the second election date was set, we have been working nonstop against active measures intended to prevent Arab citizens from exercising their basic right to vote, and for equality for all citizens. The Likud’s petition wants to silence our community, but even more so, they want to silence Arab citizens, including the Bedouin in the unrecognized villages, who will not be able to vote without access to the remote polling stations.

The legal fight we have ahead of us will not be easy - the Likud have millions available - but we have the collective power of our tens of thousands of members, acting together. Use the secured donation form here to chip in - and together we’ll keep working for equality and democracy in Israel: 

Pilots Against Deportation

Update 2/5/18: Success! Over 100 Israeli pilots and air crew members answered our call and publicly committed to stand against the deportations and not fly refugees to their deaths! 

Now we must increase our pressure - international airlines are already deporting hundreds of refugees every month - and our time is running out. Join now and call on Turkish, Ethiopian, and Royal Jordanian airlines to do the right thing and immediately stop deporting refugees:  

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Indefinite jail time, or deportation to a country where your life is in danger?
   This is the choice the Israeli government is giving tens of thousands of asylum seekers from Eritrea and Sudan.

After years of ignoring the plight of refugees, the government now plans to deport tens of thousands of people to Rwanda and Uganda, countries where their lives will be in danger. But we are fighting back.

Thousands of Israelis have already sent direct messages to the Israeli Pilots Union, ground operations companies in Ben Gurion Airport, and international airlines flying from Tel-Aviv, calling on them to say no to the cruel deportation plan. Now several Israeli pilots responded and declared they will refuse to fly people to their death! We know our voices matter - and now you can join the fight: - Send a personal message directly to the airlines and pilots and tell them to do the right thing.

In recent months, German pilots stopped over 200 deportation flights by arguing that deporting refugees against their will can make the entire flight unsafe. In London, a pilot simply refused to take off when he found out there was a refugee being deported on the plane.

All over the world - from Europe to the United States - citizens are fighting back against deportations and standing up for refugees. And we can do the same here in Israel. Tell the pilots now: Stand on the right side of history, don’t deport refugees.

Since 2013, when Israel finally started accepting asylum requests, over 13,000 requests have been filed. Yet the majority of requests are systematically ignored, and only a handful received refugee status. In European countries more than 70% of asylum requests from Eritrea and Sudan are accepted - in Israel it is less than 1%.

Now the government is implementing a mass deportation, and even suggesting forcibly loading refugees on planes. We can - and must - stop it. Join the call now:

Standing Against Anti-Muslim Legislation

Campaign update: 12/2/2017:

Cabinet ministers approved today the revised version of the Muezzin Law - which is identical to existing noise regulations. All their talk amounted to nothing, and much of that was due to Zazim members' pressure. 
Read more about it
here

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Thousands of Zazim activists in Israel - Jews and Arabs - are fighting a new bill to silence the Islamic call to prayer. The bill is trying to push Muslim and Arabic culture out of view - and enflame tensions between Jews and Muslims.

Your voice - as Americans - could make the difference: Jonathan Greenblatt, the chair of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) will be speaking in the Knesset this Sunday. We know the opinion of Jewish-American institutions like the ADL matters to Prime Minister Netanyahu. If Jonathan Greenblatt spoke up against the bill in the Knesset - just as he stood against Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric - Netanyahu will have to listen. Call the ADL to stand publicly for shared society in Israel and against the Muezzin bill.

Supporters of silencing the Muezzin’s call say the law is about limiting “noise pollution,” but this is a smoke screen. Existing laws already regulate quiet hours. The true intention behind the bill is clear: to erase Arab and Muslim presence from the public sphere.

Limiting the Muezzin started with far right parties in Europe, is continuing here in Israel, and can go to Trump’s America next. We have seen how infectious discriminatory rhetoric and legislation can be, and we need to stop it before it spreads further.

People power works - sending a clear message of shared society together - Arabs and Jews, Americans and Israelis - can sway the government to abandon the bill.

Jailed without trial

Hasan will soon become a father, but he won’t get to see his baby twins when they are born. Sabah has been separated from her four kids for 6 months. She just disappeared one day, just like Hassan and 3,700 other Palestinians in the last 10 years. The reason: Administration detention.

Administrative detention is simply jail without trial. Helped by our silence, it has become a tool of political oppression for any anti-occupation protest. It’s time to break the silence and make it stop. 

We know that public pressure works: A mass prisoner hunger strike reduced the number of detainees to the lowest ever a couple of years ago. But media coverage is what made the difference. Now, even though dozens of detainees are on hunger strike, the media stays silent.  

Let’s make administrative detention the talk of the day - Send a letter to major newspapers to make them tell the story.

No proof is required to keep detainees behind bars and the system accounts to no one - not to the prisoner and his family and not to us - the public. So no wonder that instead of being used as a last resort, the number of detainees has tripled in the last two years, while only 5% of them were ever indicted.

The rest just spent time in jail for no reason. Together, let’s raise our voice to stop this injustice. 

Urgent: Getting running water into the West Bank

(14.7.16) The Water Authority responded to our petition by evading responsibility for the water shortage in the West Bank, talking about an “interim agreements.” The truth is, they are right: it is a policy of the Israeli government. So we added the minister of water as a target of the campaign and we are continuing to exert pressure - because thousands of Palestinians in the West Bank still don’t have running water.  Join Now:

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Imagine you go to your kitchen sink on a hot summer’s day and no water comes out. Not a drop. Not for drinking, or bathing, or cooking or cleaning. Imagine someone near your water valve who controls the amount of water that reaches your house: Sometimes the water flow is turned up, sometimes turned down, sometimes it flows to the nearby settlement, and sometimes it is shut off completely for two whole weeks. This is the current reality for tens of thousands of Palestinians in the West Bank, while the nearby Jewish settlements enjoy running water without disruption.  

Mekorot, Israel’s national water company, announced that this crisis is projected to continue for the duration of the summer and the Israeli army has explained that it is in fact the heat that requires the “regulation” of water flow. Nevertheless, we cannot allow sterile words like “regulation” to turn an inconceivable situation into a norm. Israel controls the supply of water to the West Bank, so it is the country’s duty to make sure Palestinians have enough running water. 

The Palestinian water sector is almost entirely dependent on Israel. Israel sells most of the water Palestinians use in the West Bank, while controlling the sources of water that are located in occupied territory (!) Even without the summer cuts, the amount of water Palestinians receive, which was determined in agreements from 20 years ago, is not enough for the Palestinian population in the West Bank. There is no doubt that there are additional problems, such as a deficient infrastructure, water theft (think about how desperate a person has to be to steal water), and more. But the bottom line is clear: there are people living without water, and Israel is responsible.

During the brutal heat of summer, when the need for water rises, the problem intensifies. We are also in the midst of the month of Ramadan, so there is a critical need for water access in the evening hours when the fast is broken. Israel’s choice of timing for reducing the water flow leaves tens of thousands of men, women and children without running water for days. This situation must be stopped immediately, And public pressure can make a difference - Join the call to open the tap and let water flow into the West Bank.

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This is a joint campaign with Physicians for Human Rights

Chip in so everyone will know: segregation must stop!

Juli 10: The Court ruling in the petition we submitted with Physicians for Human Rights regarding the billboard that was taken down by the Kfar Saba Municipality is the best we could have hoped for. The decision is for us to have a meeting with the management at Meir Hospital to discuss possible steps to prevent segregation in the hospital. The censored billboard has already done its job – through widespread media coverage that raised awareness of the issue much more than the billboards that remained intact near the hospitals in Jerusalem. And now we have the rare opportunity to have an impact on what actually goes on in the hospital. We will update you with the developments.

May 2: The Kfar Saba Municipality took down our billboard, claiming it is “offensive.” This gravely infringes the freedom of speech of the members who paid for the billboard and silences all those who oppose segregation. On May 10, additional billboards are scheduled to go up near two Jerusalem hospitals and we are preparing to push ahead with our struggle. We will keep you updated.

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Segregation in hospital maternity wards is still dominating the headlines, and our voice - the majority of the public that opposes segregation – must be heard. It is critical that we drown out the voices of support for segregation and send a message to hospital directors that segregation comes at a price.

That is why we created the billboard you see here, and managed to obtain ad space near the relevant hospitals. Running the billboards costs NIS 6,500 – a sum we can easily raise if each and every one of us involved in the campaign to end segregation donates a small amount. 

After sending hospital directors our petition, signed by over 2,000 people, it is time for EVERYONE to know that the public opposes segregation. But for that to happen – We need you - Use the form on the right to make a donation – no amount is too small.

Public visibility and presence are essential when fighting segregation and racism. It’s the only way to define the limits of legitimacy, what is right and wrong. When our billboards go up near the hospitals, where thousand of people pass each day, everyone will know: Segregation must end in order to create a better present and future for all of us.

 


Minister of Interior Deri, don’t deport the victim of trafficking

Updates: *We have reached our primary goal of 500 messages to Deri - let's reach 700 to save Sandra.

*Thanks to our campaign, MP Michal Rozin has appealed to Deri about the case. (1.3.2016)

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*Sandra was abducted to Israel by human traffickers, forced into prostitution and suffered brutal rape. Against all odds, she succeeded in rehabilitating her life. But now, almost 20 years on, the State of Israel insists on deporting her and devastating the new life she has painstakingly rebuilt for herself.

According to treaties signed by Israel and following government decisions, the state is obligated to provide victims of trafficking the opportunity to rehabilitate. But Israel’s Ministry of Interior in Tel Aviv is refusing to hand over Sandra’s request to the humanitarian committee that could allow her to stay, and as such is sentencing her to deportation. The organizations supporting Sandra have appealed to change this decision, and they believe that a widespread public call to the Minister of the Interior, Aryeh Deri, will save her life. Sandra herself is asking for our help - let’s not disappoint her:

Send Minister Deri an email now, and ask that he resolve Sandra’s status.

When the state wanted Sandra to testify against the man who raped her, it solicited her to return from abroad, where she was undergoing rehabilitation. Now - when there is no longer any use for her and after her Israeli partner passed away, the State of Israel is in a rush to get rid of her. But Sandra has nowhere to go. She has been living here almost half her life, and her family in her country of origin has renounced contact with her.

For the past seven years, Sandra has remained outside the cycle of prostitution and drugs: she studies, works and even volunteers to aid women in prostitution. If deported, the support system that Sandra has built for herself with much effort will collapse, and she herself views deportation as a “death sentence”. The Minister of the Interior has the authority to resolve her status:

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*Sandra’s real name is reserved for her protection.