Mickey Gitzin, a member of the Tel Aviv city council and leader of the left-wing organization Be Free Israel, is replacing Rachel Liel as executive director of the New Israel Fund.
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The NIF defines its goals as promoting democracy, justice and equality for all Israelis. It provides resources and support to civil organizations, conditional on them complying with the requirements of Israeli law, honoring the NIF's principles, focusing on social change, strengthening democratic values and promoting human and civil rights, social and economic justice, religious pluralism and tolerance, and the environment.
Among its beneficiaries are Breaking the Silence, the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, B'tselem, Hamishmar (Social Guard), the Yesh Din civil rights organization, the Tag Meir anti-racism organization, and more.
Liel, eight years on the job, commented that she is winding up a challenging but gratifying period.
"The NIF is the main organization in Israel working tirelessly to realize the vision of the Declaration of Independence," said Gitzin, who had previously worked for Knesset member Ilan Gilon of Meretz.