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.

I am the one wearing the hat.

I am the one wearing the hat.


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

Liat Racin - Blogging from the Arava

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.

16 responses to “About

  1. Who is authoring this blog? We be interesting for the readers to know…

  2. Oops. Minor oversight. I thought I had written a short bio somewhere on the site. I’ll re-write the “about” soon. In the meantime – your blog author is Daniel Orenstein (father, researcher, environmentalist) – who should be spending more time writing academic articles and less time… blogging. Vote Israel Green Movement. Cheers.

  3. How can we contact you?

  4. daniel.orenstein – at – gmail.com

  5. Could you explain the difference between the Green Movement and the Green Party and the reason they are running separately?

  6. Jon,

    Thanks for the question. I was hoping someone else would pick it up – but I will give it a shot.

    On a personal level, I’ve lived in Israel for 11 years and never voted for the Green Party. It has always seemed to me a narrow, sectarian party that dealt with environmental issues on a very superficial level. I could not vote for a party that did not have a social, economic or political platform. That is why I was very happy when the Green Movement was established. It has all of these things – it deals with not just the symptoms (environmental problems), but with the root causes (market failures, economic priorities, social inequities, values, etc). A party that understands how environmental problems come about is better positioned to developed comprehensive solutions.

    There has been a flood of articles and blog entries exposing questions of ethical conduct in the Green Party (in Hebrew) – I don’t want to get into that here, but Rami Livni (IGM spokesperson) touched on some of them in his interview at Green Prophet (http://greenprophet.com/2008/12/01/4668/interview-rami-livni-green-movement/). Most of the environmental writers in the Israeli press are not kind to or sympathetic of the Green Party.

    What I will say about the Green Party is that they seem to be led by politicians looking for a cause. Our movement is led by folks who have been active or professionals for years.

    We are running separately because 1) We proposed a merger if we could have open primaries. Pe’er Visner of the Green Party refused. 2) This week I read that we would consider merging if Pe’er Visner stepped down. I think a merger would be great – there are a lot of good people in the rank-and-file of the Green Party. Just not in their leadership.

    I understand that splitting the vote of an already small pool of voters seems unwise, but I don’t think the environment with the other Green Party in Knesset would benefit. So, it may take a few elections to straighten everything out, but we’re in this for the long haul.

  7. great to meet you (at last) in sde Boker daniel.
    Do you know about the early State MK, S. Yizhar?
    From the little research I’ve done about him (with a view to making a short doc about him – though he sadly died before the project really started), he inspired and articulated for the environment through literature, activism, and politics….

    there’s a post & book review on greenprophet.com & theshortreview.com (my partner’s website!)…. cheers, James

  8. James – give the direct link! We want our readers to check out your writings and those of S. Yizhar. While a bit embarrassing to admit, I’ve only read quotes (which are wonderful), but no books of his. I’ll check out your review. Cheers.

  9. Hey Daniel – here’s the link to the Green prophet post which contains a link to the review:

    For those who prefer to read in English (and I’m told his hebrew was of the older, more prosaic style…) several of his novels & collections of short stories are being translated and published by Toby press. He is an inspiration! Let me know what you think…

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  11. If you don’t pass the minimal threshold of votes for a seat, to which party do the votes go?

  12. pls note corrected email address

  13. Our ” הסכם עודפים” or vote sharing agreement is with Ephraim Sneh’s “Strong Israel” party. I don’t know much about the party other than Sneh is a former Labor Knesset member and the campaign for his party focused on fighting organized crime in Israel – an important cause.

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  15. Hello!
    I work for the Green Party in Sweden, wonder if I could arrange a meeting with a representative of the Meimad movement with a view to creating a network between Israel and Sweden? I will be in Israel between the 2nd – 11th November. Hope to hear from you!

  16. I hope you like this song …
    Best wishes,
    Oliver Swingler
    Ps. If you do, please pass it on!

    What can we do about global warming?

    (to the tune of ‘What can we do with the drunken sailor’)

    What can we do about global warming?
    What can we do about global warming?
    What can we do about global warming?
    Shrink our carbon footprint!

    Walk, cycle, bus and train
    Car share, avoid the plane
    Holiday at home, learn to love the rain
    Shrink our carbon footprint!

    Insulate homes and get them lined
    Stop oil, gas and coal being mined
    Use tidal, solar, wind and find we’ll
    Shrink our carbon footprint!


    Organic, local, seasonal eating
    Recycle, mend, turn down the heating
    Share, cooperate, stop competing
    Shrink our carbon footprint!

    Watch out! The seas are rising
    Cry out! The seas are rising
    Bale out! The seas are rising
    Save our lovely planet!

    Don’t believe the greenwash, keep on prying
    Tax millionaires, stop envy buying
    Climate change deniers, they’re all lying
    Shrink our carbon footprint!

    We can do a lot about global warming
    We can do a lot about global warming
    We can do a lot about global warming
    Save our lovely planet!

    Lyrics by Oliver Swingler and Making Waves choir, Cullercoats, UK – Version 3 March 2013

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