We say NO to annexation

Now is the time for all of us, Diaspora Jews and Israelis, to raise our voices –

Responding to the news of the new government in Israel and Trump’s Plan that facilitates annexation in the West Bank, NIF CEO Adam Ognall released the following statement:

“The threats to democracy will not end with the swearing-in of a new government. The coalition agreement clears the way for unilateral Israeli annexation of parts of the West Bank, in line with the reckless Trump “peace plan.” Such a move would spell the end of the hope for a two-state solution. It would be an existential threat to – and perhaps even a death knell for – Israeli democracy.

Since Israel occupied territories it captured in 1967, Israelis have faced a stark choice between Israel’s Jewish character, its democracy, and maintaining control over the Palestinian territories. They could choose two, but not all three. If Israel annexes, it will have chosen Israel’s Jewish character and control over West Bank territory at the expense of Israel’s democracy. Millions of Palestinians would become residents of Israel without the rights of citizenship. For Israelis, this plan will shatter the dream of a Jewish and democratic state, the vision of Israel’s founders.”

Click here to read the full article on the Jewish News.

Talia Sasson Chair of the International Council of the New Israel Fund talks about what is annexation:

The work of the New Israel Fund and our partners on the ground in standing up for human rights, championing a progressive vision of peace and speaking up for democratic values will be critical.

To read all about NIF grantees responses click here.

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