Environmental issues have always been of central importance to the Greens and to the Heinrich Boell Stiftung. Equally important, has been the connections and links made to social and economic issues, creating a holistic vision of society and sustainability. Our work therefore in Israel focuses on climate and energy policy, green economy and smart growth, urban resilience and sustainable communities. We and our partners work with decision makers on the local and national levels in the areas of advocacy, policy development, capacity building and environmental innovation. The foundation supports a variety of Israeli environmental and social organizations, which over the last decade, strive to have a growing impact on policy and society.
By focusing environmental and public-health debates on the issue of waste-management, plastics producers have managed to conceal the elephant in the room. But governments and consumers can no longer ignore the fact that plastic is a problem at all stages of its life cycle – not just after it ends up in the ocean.
Our Gender and Democracy program seeks to enhance a comprehensive democracy that provides an inclusive, participatory system that ensures full civil and human rights. Realizing that gender is a fundamental factor in shaping societies, we try to promote a political culture that prioritizes Gender Democracy values and practices on all levels.
A ‘Local Call’ poll shows a broad range of areas where Jews and Arabs see the benefits of cooperation. But that doesn’t mean Jewish Israelis are ready to let Arabs hold positions of power, namely joining the government. The surprising bit: most Arabs would support their parties joining an Israeli government.
The 2019 Israeli elections will be determined on the issue of how many right-wing parties pass the 3.25% threshold and what their relative strength will be vis-à-vis the left bloc. Who are the rightwing parties, how did the religious and ultra-religious parties become “the natural partners” of Netanyahu's ruling Likud party, and what is the subtle interplay between them in view of the 2019 elections?
In the Regional and Security Policy program, our focus is on developing alternative political options and strategies that will contribute to the Palestinian – Israeli conflict resolution process. In addition, we work to contribute to the development a comprehensive regional security strategy for Israel.
Zehn Jahre nach dem Rückzug Israels und der gewaltsamen Machtübernahme durch die Hamas scheint die Lage im Gazastreifen aussichtsloser denn je. Mangelnde Energie- und Wasserversorgung, die hohe Arbeitslosigkeit, fehlende ökonomische Perspektiven und die autoritäre Herrschaft der Hamas untergraben die Hoffnungen der rund 1,8 Millionen EinwohnerInnen auf Entwicklung und Stabilität in dem Gebiet. Auch die wiederholten Gewaltausbrüche – zuletzt im Gazakreg 2014 – haben ihre Spuren hinterlassen und einen Großteil der Infrastruktur zerstört. Viele befürchten, dass es nur eine Frage der Zeit ist, bis sich die Lage weiter zuspitzt und zu einer neuen Welle der Gewalt führt.
The German-Israeli dialogue Program is set up to contribute to a strong German-Israeli relationship that is based on a realistic perception and mutual understanding of the past as well as present. It works towards the benefit of shared democratic values in both countries, bringing together opinion leaders from Israel and Germany from the fields of politics, academia and the media, civil society and art. The activities (conferences, workshops, roundtable discussions, festivals, publications) are conducted to provide a deeper understanding of the challenges both countries face as modern societies and nation states, such as dealing with citizenship and belonging in a multicultural society. Moreover it aims to identify elements from experiences of reconciliation and conflict resolution from Europe for possible joint contributions to local conflict resolution
Between the 4th and 6th of December 2017, a group of authors from Israel and Germany will be gathering for the first major event after the opening of the Utopia Festival. During a closed workshop, the authors from both countries will lead a discussion on the theme of utopia / dystopia. Afterwards we invite the audience to two public podium discussions in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv to get to know the authors, to ask questions and participate in the discussion.