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Nachdem Israels Premierminister Benjamin Netanjahu seine Absicht bekräftigt hat, die Vorschriften für die Finanzierung israelischer NGOs durch ausländische Geldgeber zu verschärfen, warnt Ralf Fücks, Präsident der Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, vor einem solchen Schritt. „Das wird eine rote Linie sein, es ist wichtig, dass Israel eine Demokratie bleibt“, sagte Fücks im Gespräch mit Walla! NEWS während seines Besuchs in Israel.

 
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Was bewegt die israelische Gesellschaft und was können Deutschland und Israel voneinander lernen? Diese Fragen standen im Mittelpunkt des Israelbesuches von Simone Peter, Bundesvorsitzende der Grünen, im vergangenen Juni. Im Rahmen ihres mehrtägigen Besuches traf sich Peter auch mit Vertretern von Partnerorganisationen der Heinrich Böll Stiftung Israel, mit denen sie Gespräche zu aktuellen Entwicklungen in den Bereichen Politik, Gesellschaft und Umwelt führte.

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Am 5. Juli lud die Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung (HBS) Israel zur zweiten Veranstaltung in der Reihe Heinrich Bar Talks in die Prince Bar in Tel Aviv. Zu Gast waren Oren Nahari, israelische Medienpersönlichkeit und Redakteur bei Walla! News, Dr. Nicola Albrecht, Auslandskorrespondentin des ZDFs in Israel, und Adi Kantor vom israelischen Institute for National Security Studies. Kerstin Müller, Leiterin der HBS in Israel, eröffnete das Event mit einer kurzen Stellungnahme zu den neuen rechten Parteien in Europa. Moderation der anschließenden Diskussion erfolgte durch Oz Aruch, Leiter des Programms Deutsch-Israelischer Dialog bei der HBS Israel. 

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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. 

In the past few weeks Israelis and Palestinians are facing increased violence. What are the reasons behind this new round of escalation? Have a look at the short movie from our latest discussion.  

Als politisches Gesetz hat der Vorsitzende der Grünen-nahen Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, Ralf Fücks, den Gesetzentwurf des israelischen Kabinetts gegen kritische NGOs bezeichnet. 

Those convinced that Israel should not have been created in the first place, are entitled to their opinion. They must come clean about seeking a post-Israel endgame. An essay by Prof. Dan Rabinowitz

Bill restricting left-wing NGOs in Israel would make it difficult for Israel’s friends in Germany to fend off BDS, heads of pro-Israel parliamentary group say.

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A summary of our last Jerusalem Talks on the topic of "Jerusalem: the Core of the Conflict" from the Palestine-Israel Journal

"Since the Israeli annexation of East Jerusalem following the Six-Day-War of 1967, together with Moshe Dayan’s declaration that Israel will never again leave Jerusalem, the city has not known quiet.Since the Israeli annexation of East Jerusalem following the Six-Day-War of 1967, together with Moshe Dayan’s declaration that Israel will never again leave Jerusalem, the city has not known quiet". Read our director Kerstin Mueller opening speach on our latest Jerusalem Talks.

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Ralf Fücks opening speech for the conference 'The state of and outlook for the German-Israeli relationship', discussing the relationship between Israel and Germany in the 50 year mark of diplomatic relations.

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Prior to the March 17th elections, much of the public discourse was focused on the question as to whether the elections will bring about a political change in Israel. In the latest round of Jerusalem Talks, we discussed the future social and political opportunities for the Israeli society.

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"Panic Wins" reads the headline of Germany's leading political magazine Spiegel. The paper summarizes Israel's election campaign and its spectacular outcome as follows: For some time it looked as if the election campaign concentrated on social issues, but then Netanyahu's short-term strategy began to work. At the ballot-box, most Israelis shared one sentiment with their prime minister – fear.

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The basic federal law in Germany begins with the words "Aware of its responsibility before God". With regard to approximately one-third of the population, which is not affiliated with any religious community, this is a bold statement. What is then the strutural relathionship between the German "secular state" and religion?

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Feminist Rereading is never enough to correct the harms done to women by the subordination suffered and engendered by religious texts. And only a state, dedicated to universal, human rights, can best mitigate the effects of those harms.

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While in South and Southeast Asia, South Africa, and the USA Islamic feminism and feminist Islamic theology can be traced back to the early 1980s, having in some cases even had political impact, the situation among the Muslim communities in Germany is characterised primarily by the defence of a conservative religious gender order.

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Israel’s Declaration of Independence of 1948 specifically refers to Israel as “The Jewish State”, while simultaneously guaranteeing “the full social and political equality of all its citizens, without distinction of race, creed or sex”. This assumed legal standing through the delegation of personal status to religious authorities (for the majority of the country’s citizens, to the monopolistic control of the orthodox Chief Rabbinate). Since, from the outset, matters of marriage and divorce in the Jewish tradition discriminate against women, aspects of gender inequality have been embedded into the structure of the state.

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The panel discussion on December 15, 2014 in the Jerusalem Cinematheque in Jerusalem addressed the question of the nature of the influence of religion in Germany and in Israel. The assumption was that Germany is on the way to a multi-religious society, whereas Israel was focused on the Jewish character of the country.

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Conservation, Retrofitting and Sustainable Urban Development: A selected group of architects, city planners and conservationists were invited by the Heinrich Böll Foundation to take part in an exchange program between Tel Aviv and Berlin.

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