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The Website of the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung Israel Office is written in four languages: Hebrew, Arabic, English and German. The pages in Hebrew, Arabic and English inform about the foundation, its the way it conceives itself and its activities in Israel and world-wide. The more elaborated German website mainly presents the voices of people living in Israel, thus allowing interested German readers to get a view “from within” on the conditions shaping local society and on internal Israeli discourses: on prevailing injustices and on successful and less successful struggles for a better world. As Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung we are, of course, quintessentially partisan, but it is important to us to present various perspectives. You will therefore find liberal Left, radical Left, Zionist, post-Zionist and non-Zionist positions as well as union-affiliated and academic voices next to each other on the website. The positions given expression here are thus not necessarily those held by the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, instead you will be able to get acquainted with an increasing number of Israeli authors that reflect the diversity of progressive voices in Israeli society. These include major and established figures of the Israeli Left, young publicists, respected intellectuals, and activists. The texts were usually written in Hebrew and appear here for the first time in a German translation.

In our effort to provide a comprehensive picture, we ask our authors and partners to address a fairly wide range of topics. They write about the social conditions in Israel, economic issues and trade-union work, about major political issues and about local struggles, about everyday culture and socially engaged art, about history and the way it is discussed. They write about these issues in a comprehensive and competent manner, while not refraining from taking a stand.

 

 

The Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung in Israel

A three-fold task

Taking as its vantage point the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung conception of itself as a discussion forum for critical thought and political alternatives as well as a research center for progressive social development in the sense of democratic Socialism, the Israel office of the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung pursues three lines of work that correspond to our task as liaison office of the foundation: cooperation in partnership with progressive local actors, who fight for a society based on solidarity and for international solidarity and peace; linking local forces and struggles to their counterparts in Germany, Europe and the rest of the world in the sense of a solidarity-based internationalism; and finally we aim at offering a forum for information, analysis and debate in order to present progressive Israeli voices abroad and vice versa.

Cooperation in Partnership with Progressive Local Actors

Society and politics in Israel are currently shaped by three factors that reinforce each other: the long lasting occupation of the Palestinian territories in conjunction with the expansion of Jewish settlements in the occupied territories, which violates international law and entails for the Palestinians living there a systematic deprivation of rights; neo-liberal economic and social policies that lead to an erosion of the welfare-state and the deepening of social disparities; as well as a gradual process of de-democratization that calls democratic values into question, undermines civil rights and thus intensifies inherent contradictions, in particular between the Jewish majority population and the Arab-Palestinian minority. As a result a right-wing nationalist discourse led by the settler movement as the strongest lobby in the country has become hegemonic, while the progressive forces are on the defensive that seems to be hopeless.

Our work therefore focuses on cooperation in partnership with Israeli initiatives, civil society and grassroots organizations, union-affiliated, academic and cultural institutions that strive for the political inclusion of all social, ethnic and national groups, for socio-economic relations based on solidarity as well as for a just solution of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict and a better understanding of Israel’s immediate neighbors, and develop alternatives to racist, sexist and militarist structures.

At the same time we are also fully aware of the ambivalent consequences of our interventions. thus we do not import projects but promote local structures and initiatives. In the spirit of this cooperative approach we leave for example the initiative with regard to the use of our office space to our local partners: It is available to a broad range of leftwing, progressive players, and hundreds of people participate every month in events held there, ranging from public events organized by leftwing grassroots organizations to internal activist meetings of progressive NGOs, to consultations for self-organizing refugees from sub-Saharan Africa, and from workshops for Russian Bloggers to book launches and film screenings.

Linking Local Forces and Struggles to their Counterparts in Germany, Europe and the Rest of the World in the Sense of an Internationalism Based on Solidarity

As part of a network that perceives itself as internationalist, we aim at opening up spaces for dialogue and cooperation that are based on mutual respect and trust. We perceive the exchange pertaining to progressive policies and strategies as a chance to learn from each other and to shape a future based on solidarity. For that reason the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung ascribes particular importance to linking local actors to like-minded actors in Germany, Europe and the rest of the world.

In this context, special emphasis is placed on German–Israeli relations, over which the Holocaust casts its dark shadow, and which are thus of an inherently special and complex nature. The Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung firmly opposes any manifestation of anti-Semitism and is committed to the legacy of Rosa Luxemburg, a Jewish woman, who was a target of constant anti-Semitic attacks during her entire life. The Israel office of the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung strongly supports the encounter and dialogue between Israeli and German experts, academics, activists and politicians, as well as members of the interested general public.

A Forum for Information, Analyses and Debate

War, violence, unjust social and economic conditions do not appear out of the blue, but are caused by relations of exploitation and power. Yet, a better world is possible. This however presupposes a public grappling to comprehend these structural conditions. Actively fostering a critical public debate is therefore a central task of the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung.

The Israel office of the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung is – on the one hand – seeking to present diverse voices of progressive Israelis, by means of a website especially set up for that purpose as well as through events and meetings. A non-Israeli public thus obtains an opportunity to encounter views from within on local conditions and struggles in Israel and to get to know local progressive voices.

On the other hand, we support local forums and actors – media, institutions and organizations – in their endeavor to make voices from abroad available to local publics, voices that speak about a life in human dignity, universally recognized civil and human rights, social responsibility, and institutionalized common goods available to all, in the sense of a transnational counter public.

PARTNERS
OUR OFFICE SPACE

The Israel office of the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung is located in the very center of Tel Aviv. Political activists and progressive organizations who identify with the vision of the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung are welcome to use our office space to hold meetings and gatherings, free of charge.

Our meeting room sits up to 16 people around a conference table and is equipped with a multimedia computer, projector, sound system and a whiteboard.

Our central public area, which is not as private but offers more space, is also equipped with a multimedia system and can host up to 80 people.

For more details:

Telaviv.office@rosalux.org

03-6228290

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OUR TEAM
  • Tamar Almog

    Program manager, working in the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung since 2010, focusing on land, planning and housing; unionization of workers; alternative Holocaust education and anti-occupation work. Born and raised in Israel, Tamar has an MA in clinical psychology, a diploma in mediation and she has been a translator and editor for many years. Since the end of 2000 (the outbreak of the 2nd intifada) she became more politically aware and active, and until she joined the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, she performed different roles in “Windows – channels for communication”, a grassroots organization comprised of Palestinians from both sides of the Green Line and of Jewish citizens of Israel, working against occupation, oppression and discrimination.

  • Reem Amer

    Is the Financial Manager of the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung since the beginning of 2018. Born 1972 in Kafr Qasim, a small Palestinian town in central Israel close to the Green Line to a family of political activists, she holds a bookkeeping diploma and studied History at the Open University of Israel. Before joining the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung she was the Financial Manager of the feminist organization Coalition of Women for Peace for six years before she became its co-general coordinator for a further four. Reem has been a human rights and political activist since her youth, was active with the socialist party Hadash/al-Jabha and in various feminist and civil society organizations and played a leading role with the grassroots Palestinian-Israeli volunteer organization Ta’ayush and the struggle to end the occupation of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Additionally, she trains youth and groups in gender sensitivity and digital security.

  • Tariq Habbashi

    Based in Tel Aviv, Tariq is part of a small international team supporting offices of the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung worldwide regarding new IT and finance-administrative tools. Born in 1982 in the Palestinian village of Iksal in the north of Israel, he holds a B.A in Accounting, Economics, and Management from Tel Aviv University and a Diploma of Senior Financial Management from Mishlav College. After working as financial manager at the accounting department of Tel Aviv University, he joined the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung’s Tel Aviv office in 2008, where he held different positions, including heading its financial department. He has extensive experience with non-profit institutions, financial audits and consultations.

  • Tali Konas

    Program manager, working in the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung since 2013, focusing on Israel-Middle East relations, culture, art and academia. Born and raised in Israel, Tali has studied comparative literature at the Tel Aviv University and lived several years in Berlin. She has been a translator and editor from German to Hebrew since 2001.

  • Yifat Mehl

    Yifat Mehl is program manager in the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung since 2021. After studying comparative literature at Haifa University, she worked as chief lector at the publishing house Am Oved.

  • Sanaa Ibn Bari

    Joined the team of the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung Israel in 2021, as project manager of our projects in Palestinian civil society in Israel. Born 1986, she holds a B.A. and a M.A. in Law (Haifa University, Israel). For the last decade she has been working as a lawyer for several civil society organizations: Itach-Ma'aki – Women Lawyers for Social Justice, providing legal advice and representation to socially, economically and geographically marginalized women; the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI), where she was in charge of the rights of the Bedouin population in the Negev/Naqab; and she headed the Legal Feminism Clinic at Haifa University. Representing the Palestinian community, Sanaa has been a member of several national delegations and engaged in international lobbying.

  • Suha Ghosheh

    Joined the team of Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung Israel in the beginning of 2021 as Financial Assistant. Born and raised in Jerusalem, she holds a B.A. in Accounting from Birzeit University and is currently taking the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Exams held under the jurisdiction of Alaska, USA. Before joining the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung, she worked for six years as financial accountant at A. Sbitany & Sons Co., the largest company in the retail and wholesale of electrical home appliances in the Palestinian market. During the time she worked at Sbitany, Suha was involved in many social-service-related activities with local community-based organizations in Jerusalem and the West Bank. In addition, she has participated in humanitarian activities for people in need within her community.

  • Markus Bickel

    Head of the Israel Office of the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung. Journalist & Political Scientist, born in Caracas, Venezuela, in 1971; as son of a nurse and an aid worker, he grew up in Hessia, Germany, and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (1983–1986). After high school graduation and alternative civilian service, training as editor at the Deutsche Journalistenschule (DJS) in Munich; Political Science studies at the Otto Suhr Institute of the Free University Berlin (diploma 2003). He worked as editor of the weekly Jungle Word in Berlin, 1997–2002; as foreign correspondent in the former Yugoslavia, Sarajevo, 2002–2005; and afterwards in Beirut, 2005–2008, covering the Cedar Revolution and the 2006 Lebanon War between Israel and Hizballah among other topics; as editor of the political section of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) in Frankfurt, Germany, 2008–2012; as Near East correspondent of the FAZ in Cairo, 2012–2015; and afterwards as editor-in-chief of the Amnesty Journal – das Magazin für die Menschenrechte in Berlin.

CONTACT US

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Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung

Israel Office

Rothschild Boulevard 11, Tel Aviv, Israel 6688114

Telephone: +972 3 6228290

E-Mail: telaviv.office@rosalux.org

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