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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.

For more information please contact Elisheva Gilad: Elisheva.Gilad@il.boell.org  

 

March 23rd was the last in a series of 14 day-long sessions billed as "stage one" of the year long Galilee Climate Fellows Program envisioned and implemented by the Town Association (TAEQ) and HBS partner The Heschel Center for Sustainability; in and of itself, a Jewish-Arab cooperation. Launched just a few short months ago, when nobody yet knew what fruits this enigmatic name of a program would bring.

 

Climate Justice

Can governments and industry be put on trial in climate cases, to ensure the rights of the most vulnerable and future generations? The livelihoods of hundreds of millions could be threatened by unprecedented storms, droughts, floods, and sea-level rise.

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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.

With the support of the Heinrich Böll Foundation in 2017, Itach-Maaki initiated a process aiming to create a civil society action plan for the implementation of SDGs in Israel, focused on the mitigation of poverty and inequality, advancing peace and gender equality and a society that is better for its diverse members. The process will include two phases in the year 2017 and will continue through 2018.

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Governments around the world are taking draconian steps to suppress civil-society organizations, with measures ranging from restrictive laws and bureaucratic burdens to smear campaigns and censorship.

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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.
 

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Zunächst sah es so aus, als ob Donald Trump von der Zwei-Staaten-Lösung Abstand nehmen und somit eine Änderung der amerikanischen Politik im Nahen Osten einleiten würde. Das hat in Israel nicht nur die Siedlerbewegung ermutigt, sondern auch die Debattenlage im ganzen Land schlagartig verändert. Inzwischen fragt man sich allerdings, ob nicht Trump tatsächlich alles daran setzen wird, einen „Peace-Deal“ zwischen Israelis und Palästinensern zu erreichen.

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Nie waren die Beziehungen zwischen Israel und Russland besser als unter Putin und Netanyahu – in dieser Hinsicht sind sich viele israelische Medien einig. Besonders der anfangs pro-russische Kurs von US Präsident Trump schien dem Verhältnis zusätzlichen Schwung zu verleihen. Doch der erneut entflammte Konflikt in Syrien verdeutlicht, wie trügerisch die vermeintliche Annäherung Russlands und Israels ist: zu gegensätzlich sind die strategischen Interessen beider Staaten in der Region. In diesem Zusammenhang entwickelt sich Syrien zunehmend zur Zerreißprobe für russisch-israelische Beziehungen.

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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

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Pro-Israel und antisemitisch – viele rechtsextreme Parteien in Europa scheinen darin keinen Widerspruch zu sehen. Im Zuge ihrer anti-muslimischen Propaganda geben sich Populisten wie Geert Wilders und Viktor Orban pro-Israelisch, während in den Reihen ihrer Parteien Antisemiten sitzen. Wo israelische Flaggen geschwenkt werden, kommt es zu Verharmlosungen des Holocaust. Ein Dilemma für die israelische Regierung, die ihre Beziehungen zu Europas Rechten in Anbetracht deren jüngster Erfolge und Relevanz nun neu überlegt. Die anstehenden Präsidentschaftswahlen in Frankreich verleihen dem Dilemma höchste Brisanz.

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Die deutsch-israelischen Literaturtage sollen die Entwicklung von Kultur und Politik beider Länder im Spiegel der Literatur reflektieren. 

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