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Partners in Fate: Arabs and Jews Working For a Shared Future

A Conversation with Israeli Changemakers Shir Nosatzki and Hanan Alsanah

Wednesday December 6, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


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Please join us for an inspiring evening with Israeli change agents Shir Nosatzki and Hanan Alsanah. In the aftermath of 10/7, Nosatzki and Alsanah joined forces to establish a shared volunteer-led Arab and Jewish center, which provides hundreds of humanitarian relief parcels of food and other crucial equipment every week to Jewish and Arab families in Israel who were harmed by the hostilities.

The Center echoes the ever-growing importance of the message that Arabs and Jews in Israel are not only partners in pain and loss, but also in the efforts to rebuild the country after the traumatic events of October 7. It has become a beacon of light, trust, hope, and solidarity between the two communities striving for a safe and peaceful future in Israel.

You can view news coverage of the Center in this video.


Shir Nosatzki has been a prominent civil society leader and changemaker for over a decade. She was one of the leaders of the 2011 Israeli social justice protests—the largest mass protest in the country at the time. Since January 2023, Shir has been one of the organizers of the weekly protests, the largest and most sustained mass protest movement ever to take place in Israel. Shir is also the Co-Founder and Director of Have You Seen the Horizon Lately?—an Israeli NGO advancing Jewish-Arab political partnership. Its creative and provocative social media campaigns have reached millions. Nosatzki won the Dror Prize for Social Change, was elected by The Marker newspaper as one of the most influential people on social media in Israel, and by Maariv newspaper as an emerging young leader, and is today the recipient of the NIF’s 2023 Guardian of Democracy prize.

Hanan Alsanah is a Bedouin mother of 4 and a lawyer working with Itach-Maaki – Women Lawyers for Social Justice. She has been working for women’s rights for the past two decades, with emphasis on Bedouin women’s empowerment. She is an activist and social entrepreneur and holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL.M.) degree. She has worked in the Negev’s unrecognized Bedouin villages, as co-director of the Negev Coexistence Forum for Civil Equality and director of education and community development at Sidreh organization, and has established the first women’s community center in an unrecognized village in the Negev. In 2005, Alsanah was the first Bedouin woman representative at the UN’s CEDAW committee, advocating against gender discrimination, leading to the publication of a report on Bedouin women regarding matrimonial law, employment, housing and home demolitions.She has also recently been selected to head the women’s council of the High Follow-Up Committee for Arab Citizens of Israel.

The New Israel Fund is the leading organization advancing and defending democracy in Israel. Widely credited with building Israeli progressive civil society, we have provided over $300 million to more than 900 organizations since our inception in 1979. Learn more about NIF.



Wednesday, December 6


7:00 pm - 8:00 pm




Community Israel