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The Jewish Federations of North America
Leadership Briefing

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.

JFNA supports 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.

JFNA's support 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.

JFNA applauds 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.

For more information on this issue, please visit this JFNA resource page. JFNA will continue to monitor the situation and keep Federations informed.


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The Jewish Federations of North America
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