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We work to ensure that the Zionist movement prioritizes investment within the internationally recognized borders of the State of Israel, as such the Zionist Movement should focus development activities on undisputed areas. Like many Israelis, we embrace a two-state solution for Israel and Palestine; the fulfillment of the Zionist movement, for the Jewish people to have their own homeland, should not come at the expense of non-Jewish minorities within the State.
In recognition of Jews having lived as strangers in countries all over the world, we maintain a particular incentive to the plight of those who seek refuge in our midst.
We support the Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC) in their work to legally challenge the physical separation between men and women in public settings, the removal of women’s images, the ban on women speaking at public events, and other practices that discriminate against women in the public domain. Within the National Institutions, in particular within the World Zionist Organization, Keren Kayemeth Leyisrael and the Jewish Agency, who are all big employers in Israel, we are working to eradicate the gender wage gap by encouraging the organizations to calculate and report on the current gender wage gap as well as ensuring that recruitment processes are optimized to reduce gender hiring biases.
In support of non-Jewish minorities living with the State of Israel, we also support IRAC (Israel Religious Action centre) in fighting racism and advancing a shared society between Jews and Arabs in Israel. IRAC sees racism as one of the biggest threats to Israeli society today and stands at the frontline of the battle. IRAC fights racist incitement by monitoring hate speech and hate crimes and demanding that investigations be launched, and public legitimacy and public funds be denied to religious extremists that incite racism. At the same time IRAC engages in actions that affirm the reality and highlight best practices of a shared and equal society between Jews and Arabs in Israel.
The Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism (IMPJ) and the World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ) both depend on the money received from the World Zionist Organization, the Jewish Agency and Keren Kayemeth Leyisrael, which provides secure funding to support their core activities. Whether it is shlichim for our youth movements around the world, direct funding for Israeli Reform congregation through the streams budget, support for our rabbinic program in Israel, or grants to Reform Kibbutzim, the Reform Mechina or for Reform synagogue building projects in Israel – the Reform movement currently receives more than $2 million annually in direct funding from the Zionist movement and if we can achieve a stronger representation through the elections to the 2020 World Zionist Congress this funding will increase significantly allowing us to have an even greater impact.
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