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Zochrot

National Network: 
Israel
Address: 
61 Even Gvirol street
Tel Aviv
Israël
Telephone: 
+972-52-432-4935
E-Mail (2): 
Mobile Phone (other): 
+972-52-432-4935
Organisation Type: 
Local/Regional Authority
Year of Establishment: 
2002
General Information: 

Zochrot ("remembering" in Hebrew) is an NGO working since 2002 to raise awareness in Israel to the Nakba, the Palestinian catastrophe of 1948. With 6 staff members and a budget of 300,000 Euro. Zochrot's work is supported by partners from Europe and North America, as well as by individuals from Israel and abroad. Zochrot is grateful for the support of ICCO, Misereor, HEKS-EPER, Broederlijk Delen, CCFD, Trocaire, Mennonite Central Committee, Oxfam Solidarity, Medico International and Oxfam GB.
Zochrot operates a variety of projects under Five Programs categories: Space and landscape program; Education Program; Information and Resources Program; Culture Program; Public outreach Program.

Mission and Objectives: 

Our Mission: To initiate, support and sustain public discourse, in Israel, on the Nakba and its ongoing effects, particularly the situation of the Palestinian refugees. We believe acknowledgment of the past is the first step towards taking responsibility for its consequences, and thus hope to contribute to a realistic resolution of the conflict, which will include a just solution to the situation of Palestinian refugees.
Our Objectives:
1.Raised awareness among a growing number of Jewish Israelis to the Nakba, its implications and to the situation of Palestinian refugees;
2.Growing recognition among the Israeli public of Israel's part in the Nakba, and in time for Israel to take responsibility for it;
3.Greater knowledge created by putting forth as many accessible materials as possible, in Hebrew, on the Nakba and its ongoing effects, particularly the situation of Palestinian refugees;
4.Developing public discourse – Israeli and Palestinian – on thinking about practicalities of Palestinian return.

Main Projects / Activities: 

1.Raise awareness to the landscape through the physical unveiling of the Nakba in the Israeli landscape - by coordinating visits to and commemorations of Palestinian villages destroyed by Israel in 1948;
2.Expose Israeli educators to the Nakba and encourage them to teach about it using Zochrot's study-guide; using that study-guide to teach a growing number of Israelis about the Nakba through learning groups, workshops and conferences;
3.Develop ideas for possible practices for Palestinian return through lectures, workshops, joint Jewish Israeli-Palestinian publications and projects in the Israeli landscape;
4.Encourage creation through art and writing, in order to develop new cultural tools for a new civic language and a critical public discourse on the Nakba;
5.Develop and disseminate original materials - developed by Zochrot and by others using Zochrot's help - about the Nakba, increasingly using the platform of Zochrot's new and developing website;
6.Increase active outreach to the Jewish-Israeli public through different means, including social media and approaches to the media;
7.Influence decision makers regarding the dedication of land in Israel - through advocacy work that aims to halt the continued destruction of Palestinian heritage by the state of Israel and for signposting of Palestinian sites destroyed by Israel in 1948;

How can you contribute to the Network in your country?: 

Zochrot aims first and foremost to impact the Jewish Israeli constituency. All of our programs are open to the wide public, with an emphasis on working with social agents who are able to provide gateways to their communities and through them, to the wider public. Social agents include particularly teachers who work in Israel's formal education systems, educators from the informal education system and educators working in colleges (especially teachers' colleges) and universities, also artists of various media, writers and scholars. Zochrot will continue to reach out to both the wide public and to social agents in both the large central cities and increasingly in the Israeli peripheries.

Why do you want to join the ALF Network?: 

Zochrot aim for a growing number of Israelis to learn about the Nakba and to take responsibility for it, a necessary step towards reaching a workable and just reconciliation in this region. In order to achive our goal it is important for us to be part of more and more networks that share our goals and can become partners in our work - aspecially as the ALF network brings people together from across the Mediterranean.

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