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Jewish Federations Statement on Social Issues in Israel
August 9, 2011
The Jewish Federations of North America views the growing social gaps in
Israel with concern. While acknowledging the many positive steps taken by the
Israeli government to relieve poverty, encourage economic development and
improve social equality, it is clear that much more needs to be done.
the calls of many of the groups currently protesting in Israel for lower prices,
affordable housing, respectable wages and other elements of social justice. At
the same time, we continue to support and applaud the multitude of programs run
by so many organizations -- particularly our historic partners the Jewish Agency
for Israel and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee -- which
bring relief, development and hope to so many each day.
goes to those who raise their voice in the public forum for the good of Israeli
society, whether protest tent-dweller or member of Knesset. It is imperative
that action be taken for the good of the national community, in an inclusive,
serious and far-sighted manner.
steps by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his government to meet with the
protesters and draft recommendations to address their concerns. We urge the
Israeli government and the protesters to continue their dialogue.
information on this issue, please visit this JFNA resource page. JFNA will continue to monitor the
situation and keep Federations informed.