This is an unofficial fan page of the Israel Green Movement-Meimad. It exists to provide information to English speaking audiences about the party and provide some reasons why every Israeli and supporter of Israel should consider supporting the Green Movement-Meimad. The primary reason, if you don’t want to read any more, is because its members are committed to making Israel a better place for all of its citizens, and in the process, make the earth a better place for all of its citizens. For the finer details, read on.
The Israel Green Movement was established in the summer of 2008. In the fall it became a political party in time to run for the 18th Knesset elections to be held in February, 2009. In December, the Green Movement merged with Meimad to become… The Green Movement-Meimad. The core issues of the party are education, environment and social welfare. We believe that security issues cannot be allowed to push every other issue off the public agenda in Israel. Our party leaders have extensive experience, in and out of the Knesset, in advancing our core issues in Israeli society – improving education, protecting our environment, strengthening Jewish-Arab co-existence, strengthening the role of ordinary citizens in decision making, strengthening the notion of a Jewish and democratic state.
If you think that Israel deserves more from its elected leaders; If you think that Israel needs honest leaders who have a vision of a socially and economically just society; If you think that beautiful open spaces, sustainable cities, clean air and water and protected cultural landscapes are an important part of Israel’s future, if you value the diversity of Jewish tradition, if you believe that Israel’s citizens deserve equal investment, rights and services… Consider voting for the Green Movement-Meimad.
The blog was started as a volunteer effort by current chief blog-master, Daniel Orenstein – post-doctoral fellow at the Faculty for Architecture and Urban Planning at the Technion, faculty member at the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, and once-in-a-while contributor of op-eds and book reviews to Ha’aretz English Edition. He is a card-carrying member of the Israel Green Movement-Meimad, member of its academic advisory board (particularly on issues of open space, spatial development policy and ecological protection) and English-language rabble-rouser.
Blog contributing author, Marie Orian, is marcom manager and content writer on the clock, prolific creative scribbler off the clock. She studied commercial art and advertising in the USA many moons ago, and have spent over 25 years engaged in marketing communications activities for a range of industries and high tech enterprises in Israel. She’s new to both political activism and blogging; however she feels strongly that many critical issues ailing our country can no longer be put on hold.
Simon Marriot, also a blog contributor, is an Israel Green Movement activist and freelance writer living in Haifa. He is a permaculture aficionado and active in local cleanup campaigns in Haifa and elsewhere. Prior to moving to Haifa, he sailed the Mediterranean Seafor six years with his wife Orit, who is also an Haifa-based IGM activist.
Liat Racin, blogging from the Arava, is currently a Program Assistant at the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies. She earned her M.A. from the War Studies Department at King’s College, London, and her B.A. in International Relations from the American University in Washington D.C. Before pursuing her M.A. she worked at the United States-Israel Science and Technology Foundation, and interned for various socio-ecological organizations including Friends of the Earth Middle East, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars’ Environmental Change and Security Program, and the Greater Washington D.C. Hadassah Chapter. She is committed to projects that advance environmental conservation via public health initiatives, and will be writing on Israel Green Movement events and personalities in the Arava.
James Murray-White, thankfully joining the on the eve of the 2009 elections, has lived in Israel for the past 4 years, writing as a freelance journalist & contributing editor to the environmental blog Green Prophet, and working on a long term documentary film project about the Bedouin of the Negev. In a former life, armed with a drama degree and a masters in human ecology, he was involved with the Scottish Green Party, and has voted Green in the last 2 UK general elections. He spent 5 years immersed in the exquisite greenery of Southern Ireland, facilitating drama and peace projects, and a year in the sand dunes of Mongolia. He describes himself as a green optimist, and is jumping with joy to see the birth of a truly green – environmentally, socially & politically – party here in Israel.