The Goals & Objectives of the IJC
On this page you will find the goals and objectives of the Israeli Jewish Congress (HAKHEL).
With your assistance and support we hope to achieve these goals in the near future.
The order in which these objectives appear does not reflect their importance in our eyes.
1. Promoting and strengthening the Jewish character of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state, as stated in the Proclamation of Independence.
Israel is the historic home of the Jewish people. The Jewish State was established in Israel, the historical homeland of the Jewish people, with the consent of the nations of the world. We believe in the right of the Jewish People to live in the State of Israel, which is to be a Jewish and Democratic State, a state for all its citizens. The State of Israel is and will always be the country of the Jewish people, the IJC believes in strengthening the diverse Jewish character of Israel. It is the obligation of the State of Israel as a Jewish state to maintain its democratic nature and other values as stated in the Proclamation of Independence: “The State of Israel will be open for Jewish immigration and for the Ingathering of the Exiles; it will foster the development of the country for the benefit of all its inhabitants; it will be based on freedom, justice and peace as envisaged by the prophets of Israel; it will ensure complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants irrespective of religion, race or sex; it will guarantee freedom of religion, conscience, language, education and culture; it will safeguard the Holy Places of all religions; and it will be faithful to the principles of the Charter of the United Nations.”
Israel gives equal rights to all its inhabitants irrespective of religion, race or sex. The Israeli Jewish Congress supports total equality between all of Israel’s citizens, may they be Arabs, Bedouins, Druze, Circassians, Jews etc.. The IJC supports the equal distribution of duties and rights in the country and finding solutions to enable all residents to contribute to the country. In addition The Israeli Jewish Congress will promote cooperation and dialogue with other religions and minorities in Israel.
2. Reinforcing and tightening mutual relations between the Jewish community in Israel and those in Europe.
Acknowledging the historic relation between Europe and Israel, the Israeli Jewish Congress will strive to deepen mutual relations between the Jewish community in Israel and the Jewish communities in Europe and to serve as its mouthpiece and to strengthen Israel’s stature as the State of the Jewish People within Europe:
• We believe that the Jewish people should be united and cohesive, both in Israel and the Diaspora. The Israeli Jewish Congress will continually strengthen and solidify these ties through constant activity wherever required.
• We believe that the Jewish people have made an enormous contribution to humanity in all fields during 2000 years of exile around the world. This contribution is clear in exact sciences, social sciences and humanities; medicine, philosophy, literature, art, etc.. We will work to enhance the memory of this contribution by spreading knowledge of it around the world so that the Jewish people will always be seen and remembered as one of the most significant and productive people in human history.
• The Israeli Jewish Congress recognizes that among the Jewish community in Israel there are many people with dual citizenship, including European nationalities. We will work to strengthen the ties between these Israelis and the Jewish communities where they have their roots and with the countries where they hold citizenship.
• The IJC will strive to be a full partner in all forums, international organizations and institutions both Jewish and non Jewish in order to promote the interests of the State of Israel and the Jewish community in Israel.
3. The preservation and strengthening of Jewish tradition in Israel and the Diaspora.
We believe we must always remember where we came from and where we are headed, Jewish tradition in all of its diversity has united us as a people for generations and we will maintain and strengthen Jewish tradition in all its forms both amongst the Jews of Israel and those in the Diaspora.
4. Promoting the interests of the Jewish community in Israel.
The Israeli Jewish Congress will act to promote the interests and rights of the Jewish community in Israel through education and reinforcing the historical connection of the Jewish people to Israel. We support the strengthening of Jewish education in all its forms in all Jewish schools in Israel. The Congress will also act to deepen the historical connection of the Jewish people to Israel through research, education and the promotion of Jewish heritage and Jewish historical sites throughout Israel.
5. Respectful and effective commemoration of the Holocaust.
The Israeli Jewish Congress will act without hesitation to remember and commemorate the victims of the Holocaust that occurred in Europe and North Africa. The IJC sees utmost importance in delivering assistance to all needy Holocaust Survivors and calls on the State of Israel to provide them with all they require. We strongly urge every country where atrocities took place during World War II against victims to legislate laws which perpetuate the memory of these victims. The IJC will fight any manifestation of anti-Semitism or Holocaust denial. The Israeli Jewish Congress also supports the restoration of stolen property from Jewish institutions and communities and from Jewish families during the Holocaust in all countries where these actions occurred. We will research these issues and rigorously defend our rights to commemoration and restoration.
6. Opposition to any manifestation of anti-Semitism or racism.
The Israeli Jewish Congress strongly condemns any expression anti-Semitism, discrimination and racism and will strive to counter these attitudes. It should be remembered that the Jewish people suffered discrimination for generations and we believe in the equality of all persons notwithstanding whom they are or where they live.
7. The Promotion and support of Israel in the international community.
The Israeli Jewish Congress will resist the exceedingly extremist de-legitimization campaign that exists against the State of Israel throughout the world. We will strive to balance the global media content towards some of the more urgent problems around the world and we will act to emphasize the many remarkable achievements that the State of Israel has reached since its establishment.
8. Promotion of programs to strengthen Jewish solidarity in Israel and the Diaspora.
The Israeli Jewish Congress is concerned with the growing division within the Jewish People, both in Israel and the Diaspora. We call upon the Jewish People to remain united in order to ensure the strength and continued existence of the Jewish People. Some examples: The increasing social gaps in Israel, conflicts between religious and secular, clashes between the various sides of the political map in Israel and outside of Israel. The Israeli Jewish Congress supports the steps taken by the Israeli government to reduce these conflicts. The IJC will promote educational programs the different groups within the Jewish People in order for them to reach a deeper understanding of one another and to work together for the well-being of the Jewish People as a whole.