Monday, December 05, 2011
News from World Union of Meretz
Partners for Progressive Israel remains as it was when we were Meretz USA, affiliated with the World Union of Meretz, a constituent of the World Zionist Organization. The following is the latest report from Amichay Findling, coordinator of the World Union of Meretz:
Dear friends and partners,
Democracy in Israel
Israel is going through hectic times, ruled by a bad and racist government threatening the foundations of democracy - freedom of speech and Independence of the juridical system. Every week we face new disturbing law propositions limiting journalists and civil society organizations and trying to politicize the supreme court. Every week new incidents of political violence erupts, always by extreme right wing activists against Palestinians and Israeli left-wing leaders.
Meretz stands in the front of defending Israeli democracy. Meretz is always there - in the parliament and in the streets. We are in the front for such extent, that starting from this week, security services issued a bodyguard to Meretz MK Zehava Galon after receiving threats. (You may get the latest updates-- in Hebrew-- on the Meretz Party's Facebook page; you are also invited to follow the World Union of Meretz on Facebook, in English.)
And yet, everyday we are in the Knesset and every week in the streets, protesting and proposing better laws, building coalitions and working towards a better Israel.
The National Institutions [i.e., the Jewish National Fund and the Jewish Agency For Israel]:
Our work in the National Institutions is bearing fruits, promoting various projects in Israel and the diaspora.
Attached is a summary by Dror Morag of his experiences during the JAFI board of Governors on Buenos Aires and further activities we conducted this month in Latin America: a continental seminar and meetings in Mexico City, Montevideo (Uruguay) and Santiago de Chile.
Fundraising for Nueva Sion - our most important means of action in Latin America:
Nueva Sion is the institutional journal of Meretz-Hashomer Hatzair in Argentina. It has become the most important journal in the argentinean jewish community due to its original articles and depth of its look, to the poiny of having reached 63 years of circulation and close to a thousand uninterrumpted issues.
Nueva Sion is not just a community journal, it is a representation of the Jewish community towards general society, available for sale in local stands and often quoted by national press in topics related to Israel, the Jewish people and Argentinean Jewish community.
Nueva Sion is a political project mantained almost exclusively through volunteer work from journalists and intellectuals, and the monetary collaboration of many.
However, the constant search for funds is a reality for a newspaper that is both commited and reflexive as Nueva Sion. That is why we address you to ask for help to mantain and expand our focus of commited and responsible identification towards the State of Israel and the Jewish community, for your help to become not just the most glorious journal in Jewish-Argentinean history, but also to be part of building a more just and committed society.
We need several thousands of dollars for maintaining the activity of this important newspaper. We will be glad to allow benefactors to publish their views on Zionist activity and Jewish life in the nearest issues. For more details regarding possibilities for donation: please contact Afro Remenik, firstname.lastname@example.org .