Identity, Israel, Justice

Yom Haatzmaut Sameach

The New Israel Fund wishes you a happy Yom Haatzmaut via Eliezer Yaari, Israeli director, and celebrates also their 30th anniversary of the Diaspora-Israel partnership that has put $200 million into more than 800 grassroots nonprofits improving civil and human rights, social and economic justice, religious pluralism and tolerance, and the environment for Israeli Arabs, Ethiopian immigrants, Thai foreign workers, Orthodox women seeking divorces, Russian youth at risk, Palestinian civilians, and everyone else. May Jewish civil society protect all those whose rights and well-being are less than what Israel promised in its Declaration of Independence:

THE STATE OF ISRAEL … will foster the development of the country for the benefit of all its inhabitants; it will be based on freedom, justice and peace as envisaged by the prophets of Israel; it will ensure complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants irrespective of religion, race or sex; it will guarantee freedom of religion, conscience, language, education and culture; it will safeguard the Holy Places of all religions; and it will be faithful to the principles of the Charter of the United Nations.

May the journey to a better Jewish state be quick, meaningful, and revolutionary — happy Yom Haatzmaut.

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