Topic: Gender and Democracy

Articles

Die Arbeiterpartei Israels auf Identitätssuche

Da keine der bisher unternommenen Strategien auf Erfolg stieß, wird es für die Arbeiterpartei schwierig, sich aus ihrem Tief zu erholen. Um eine echte Konkurrenz zum Likud darzustellen, müsste die Arbeiterpartei auf konkrete politische Inhalte setzen, die den Wählern eine wirkliche Alternative zum Rechtsbündnis aufzeigen. 

By Oz Aruch, Dr. Corinna Dau

Der Preis der Besatzung

Wie hoch sind die Kosten der Besatzung für Israel? Und wer zahlt dafür? Die Debatte um die militärische Besatzung der palästinensischen Gebiete durch Israel im Jahr 1967, die sich in diesem Jahr zum fünfzigsten Mal jährt, dreht sich in der Regel um moralische, diplomatische, militärische und juristische Fragen. Die Auswirkungen des Konfliktes auf die israelische Gesellschaft - bezüglich des Lebensstandards, des Wirtschaftswachstums, interethnischer und jüdisch-arabischer Beziehungen und dem Gefälle zwischen Zentrum und Peripherie – werden dagegen selten berücksichtigt. 

Das Ziel der Studie „The Occupation: Who Pays the Price?” ist es eine entscheidende und fehlende Dimension hinzuzufügen, namentlich die Verbindung zwischen den Lebenswelten auf beiden Seiten der grünen Linie, indem sie den Schwerpunkt auf kritische soziale und ökonomische Folgewirkungen der Besatzung und des israelisch-palästinensischen Konfliktes legt.

By Dr. Shlomo Swirski

Advancing SDGs in Israel: Moving Forward

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.

The Return of Repression

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.

By Barbara Unmüßig

Israeli Civil Society under Pressure

The “Transparency Bill” serves to promote the delegitimization process of progressive NGOs in the country through a public shaming process that depicts the latter as minions of foreign governments

Publications

New trends in human trafficking which exploit the asylum system in Israel

Since 2016 there has been a sharp rise in the number of Ukranians and Georgians applying for asylum in Israel. Data collected by the Hotline for Refugees and Migrants (HRM) shows that Israeli entities, including human resource companies, are involved in this rise by spreading mis-information in the the Ukraine and Georgia about the possibility of working legally in Israel. They charge large sums of money as agents’ fees, and they may also be involved, to varying degrees, in selling fake documentation.

Knocking at the Gate - Flawed Access to the Asylum System due to the influx of applicants from the Ukraine and Georgia

Knocking at the Gate – Flawed Access to the Asylum System due to the influx of applicants from the Ukraine and Georgia

Since the start of 2016, Israel has seen a sharp rise in the number of Ukrainian and Georgian citizens applying for asylum. Data collected by the Hotline for Refugees and Migrant (HRM) shows that Israeli entities are involved in the increase in the number of migrants from these countries, and that they include human resource companies, which spread misinformation in the countries of origin about working legally in Israel by exploiting the dysfunctional2 asylum system. They charge high fees for mediation and are allegedly involved in selling fake documents. The emerging picture is that of a new channel of human trafficking3 .

Due to the backlog at the Population and Immigration Authority’s (PIBA) Refugee Status Determination (RSD) Unit in Tel Aviv, all asylum seekers now face limited access to the asylum process. Despite the extended period during which the authorities have had to serve an ever growing population, the necessary changes have yet to be made. Every night, dozens of people wait outside the offices of the RSD Unit in harsh physical conditions hoping to be first in the queue the following morning in order to submit their asylum application.

What we want

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.

For more information please contact Romy Shapira: Romy.Shapira@il.boell.org