Shatil News

Shatil thwarts state plan to weaken Negev Bedouin

Shatil thwarts state plan to weaken Negev Bedouin

On Monday, July 23rd, Shatil and partners celebrated a glowing victory at the Subcommittee for Planning Issues that was discussing Housing Minister Yoav Gallant’s plan for six new Jewish settlements in the Negev. Instead of strengthening neglected Jewish towns and Bedouin settlements in the Negev, the state wants to spend money on creating new Jewish [&hellip

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Housing Minister Announced Thousands of New Public Housing Units

Housing Minister Announced Thousands of New Public Housing Units

The Shatil-coordinated Public Housing Forum had one of its greatest successes in recent years last week when Housing Minister Yoav Gallant announced a public housing plan that outlines the addition of 7,200 units to public housing each year over the next decade. This is the first extensive plan put forth by an Israeli government since [&hellip

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“Making Room” for Religious LGBTQs

“Making Room” for Religious LGBTQs

“Making Room” for Religious LGBTQs Shatil’s intervention this year with “Making Room,” an initiative of young, religious LGBTQs telling their personal stories to their communities, brought hundreds more people from religious communities into dialogue with their gay members. Twenty-eight-year-old, Hadas Chachamov (not her real last name,) who worked on the project, has seen the power [&hellip

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Battle Looming for the Future of Israel

Battle Looming for the Future of Israel

A constitutional crisis, and what some call a battle for the future of Israel — is looming, with government attempts to limit the powers of the Supreme Court. But many Israelis and supporters of Israel don’t know much about the “override bill,” which Supreme Court Chief Justice Esther Hayut has called “bad” and “dangerous.” She [&hellip

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Meet Eli Philip – from Haredi to Social Justice Fellow to progressive campaigner

Meet Eli Philip – from Haredi to Social Justice Fellow to progressive campaigner

Meet Eli Philip – from Haredi to Social Justice Fellow to progressive campaigner As a student at Brandeis University, Eli Philip went to morning minyan, ate in the kosher kitchen — and organized for J Street U. Until the age of 10, Philip grew up Haredi in Petach Tikva. His parents had 22 siblings between [&hellip

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Shatil’s Public Housing Forum Saves Disabled Holocaust Survivor from Eviction

Shatil’s Public Housing Forum Saves Disabled Holocaust Survivor from Eviction

On a recent dreary day in Beer Sheva, a disabled 77 year old Holocaust survivor returned to her home of 20 years to find her lock had been changed. An eviction order had arrived the day before with no court order, no explanation, and no discussion with the tenant. Workers from Amidar, the public housing company, [&hellip

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Mini-Markets, Major Issue

Mini-Markets, Major Issue

On any Saturday, even in cities with large religious populations like Jerusalem, the convenience stores are always busy. Families fill up on gas to visit the grandparents, and home cooks grab last-minute ingredients for Sabbath lunch. The majority of secular Israelis have long depended on the few stores open on Shabbat to provide necessities. But [&hellip

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Meet Dr. Reem Younis: Israel’s First Arab Woman Surgeon

Meet Dr. Reem Younis: Israel’s First Arab Woman Surgeon

As a mother of three and a full-time oral surgeon, you wouldn’t think Dr. Reem Younis would find the time for activism. Nonetheless, she is active in Shatil’s Citizens’ Forum for the Promotion of Health in the Galilee and works to convince the city council to prioritize health in Upper Nazareth. “There is a lack of awareness [&hellip

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