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Meet Israel’s New Environmental Activists: Michal Grows Food; Noa Saves It

Meet Israel’s New Environmental Activists: Michal Grows Food; Noa Saves It

Twenty-two pioneering activists, including a Haredi man from Yerucham and a religious Muslim woman from Wadi Ara, gathered at Kibbutz Netiv Halamed Hey at the beginning of February. They represented different grassroots efforts to save Israel’s environment. The activists gathered to learn new strategies from Shatil as well as from each other. “The retreat inspired [&hellip

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Forum for Responsible Planning awarded Green Globe

Forum for Responsible Planning awarded Green Globe

Israel’s leading environmental organizations awarded the “Green Globe”, Israel’s most prestigious environmental prize, to the SHATIL-coordinated Forum for Responsible Planning in a ceremony marking International Earth Day  On April 22nd.  Known as “Israel’s Environmental Oscar,” the Green Globe has been awarded annually since 2003 to individuals or organizations for outstanding environmental achievements and excellence. The [&hellip

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Summertime! Saving public access to Israel’s beaches

Summertime! Saving public access to Israel’s beaches

Great news for Israel’s environment and for effective cooperation! Thanks to an intense effort by the “Forum of Israeli Coastal Organizations”, the Israeli government’s Ministerial Committee on Legislative Affairs voted on Sunday, July 15, 2012 to support an amendment to the Protection of the Coastal Environment Law 5764 – 2004, which will protect Israel’s coastline. [&hellip

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Holyland Affair “Good” for the Greens

Holyland Affair “Good” for the Greens

May 4th 2010 The Holyland scandal grabbing headlines for the past few weeks, in which high officials are accused of taking huge bribes that enabled the building of the monstrosity on Jerusalem’s skyline known as the Holyland complex, is having one positive outcome: strengthening the hands of organizations like SHATIL that have been fighting the [&hellip

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Drying Stream to Flow Again in Northern Israel

Drying Stream to Flow Again in Northern Israel

April 13th 2010 Sometimes there is good environmental news: Intensive pressure by two environmental organizations and SHATIL resulted in government action that will return a damaged stream in northern Israel to its original state. The Ein Hazahav (Golden Spring) stream is now virtually dried up. The stream has long been a hallmark of Kiryat Shmona, [&hellip

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Shatil-led campaign fights new planning law that would endanger Israel’s environment and increase social gaps

Shatil-led campaign fights new planning law that would endanger Israel’s environment and increase social gaps

March 16th 2010 The government is doing its utmost to destroy Israel’s open spaces and increase its social gaps in one fell swoop as it presses the passage of a broad and comprehensive planning reform law on the first reading this week with little time allotted for public input. The law, pushed for by Prime [&hellip

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Knesset Tackles Environmental Catastrophe in Beit Hakerem Valley

Knesset Tackles Environmental Catastrophe in Beit Hakerem Valley

On January 12, 2010 the Knesset Committee for Health and the Environment held a discussion on the environmental catastrophe present in the Beit Hakerem Valley in the Central Galilee. The Committee, headed by Knesset Member Dov Khenin, demanded that the environmental ministry present an intra-governmental emergency plan to the committee within three months that would [&hellip

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Palmahim Beach one Step Closer to Remaining Free

Palmahim Beach one Step Closer to Remaining Free

December 1st 2009 After a two-year public struggle, State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss confirmed the land sale deal at the contested Palmachim Beach site was, indeed problematic. He called on the Attorney General to investigate the sale and planning process. This was a critical turning point in the struggle to prevent the building of a 350-room [&hellip

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New Partners Join Shatil’s Efforts to Stop New Coal Power Station

New Partners Join Shatil’s Efforts to Stop New Coal Power Station

November 5th 2009 Shatil’s efforts to stop the building of a major coal power station in Ashkelon are heating up. New groups, including academics and southern mayors are joining the campaign to prevent government approval of a potentially major polluter that would endanger both health and the environment. After intense advocacy efforts with mayors of [&hellip

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Study: Air Pollution Endangers Israeli Children’s Health

Study: Air Pollution Endangers Israeli Children’s Health

October 20th 2009 Findings from a new report released last week by the SHATIL-founded Coalition for Public Health point to a direct link between air pollution and increased morbidity in children. In the comprehensive report, Seeing the Future: What do we Know about Air Pollution and Morbidity in Children? the researchers found up to 10 [&hellip

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