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Green Movement – the Next Generation

If you weren’t among the 180 party members voting on the new leadership list last week… Or if you haven’t been following the drama around the appointment of Israel’s new Chief of Staff… Or if you are unaware that there is – for the first time – a party in Israel that guarantees equal representation of men and women… Then you are not following the most optimistic signs of life in an otherwise dismal political scene in Israel.

Green Movement Members Vote

First and foremost, party members meeting last week approved a policy that the Israel Green Movement will be led by one female and one male leader.  The model, introduced by the German Green Party and approved overwhelmingly by the party membership, aims to facilitate the advancement of women into the political system.  The Green Movement doesn’t just talk about equal representation, we act.

The new leadership will be led by long-time Green Movement activist and leader Racheli Tidhar-Caner, alongside Professor Alon Tal.  The leadership team is rounded out with party founder Eran Ben Yemini, Professor and Tel Aviv city councilman Noah Efron, executive director of the Israel Energy Forum Yael Cohen-ParanAvi Dabush (Coordinator of Shatil’s Environmental Justice program), Sagit Porat (Paths To Sustainability Coalition Coordinator), Ahmed Amrani (Director General of the Office of the Mayor of Rahat), and Dr. Sarit Oked (community and environmental activist in Arad).

The movement meeting followed closely behind the decision of the Israeli government to retract the appointment of Major General Yoav Galant to the post of Chief of Staff.  Their decision was a direct result of the Green Movement petition to the Supreme Court questioning the ethical behavior of Galant and the faulty process by which he was vetted for the position.

Chairperson Alon Tal

Chairperson Racheli Tidhar-Kaner

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The IGM congratulates our friends who ran in municipal elections – off to a great start!

"City for All" now appearing in Tel Aviv City Hall

City for All: Now appearing in the Tel Aviv City Council

Dov Khenin is not the new mayor of Tel Aviv. However, his party – “City for All” (עיר לכולנו) will now be the strongest opposition bloc in the Tel Aviv Municipality in years. “City for All” received more than 20,000 votes to give them 5 seats in the city council. Dov, meanwhile, won 34% of the vote for mayor – totalling more than 46,000 votes. The Israel Green Movement looks forward to working with “City for All” to improve housing, education, political ethics and environment in Tel Aviv.

Avi Dabush - Our man in Ashkelon

Avi Dabush - Our man in Ashkelon

Meanwhile, in Ashkelon, the coalition of new immigrants from the former Soviet Union and IGM’s Avi Dabush brought in 2,300 votes – enough to put a party member into city council. Dabush and his colleagues ran an aggressive five-week campaign not only promoting their party, but collecting more than 1000 objections to the proposed new coal-fired power plant in Ashkelon at the same time.

"Barkat's Environmentalist" - Nomi Tzur (on the left)

Nomi Tzur (as featured in the Jerusalem Report a couple years ago, pictured on left)

In Jerusalem, the IGM supported party Yerushalmim, headed by Rachel Azaria who teamed with a second party (Hitorerut), won two seats in the city council. Moreover, environmental activist-icon Nomi Tzur – who was running on the number 3 spot of newly elected mayor Nir Barkat’s list – won a seat in the council as well. The Jerusalem Post reports on “Barkat’s top environmentalist” here. We look forward to the tremendous Green potential in Jerusalem!

In Rehovot, Daniel Bell’s Tapuz party unfortunately did not pass the threshold to get into city council, although it garnered more than 1000 votes in the city. True to form, Daniel and his colleagues have pledged to continue growing their grassroots movement, with the goal of assuring quality of life, education, environment and clean government in Rehovot.

Now – all eyes on the Knesset.

More green hope – now in Ashkelon

Dabush has worked for years to prevent the construction of a third coal-fire plant in Ashkelon

Dabush has worked for years to prevent the construction of a third coal-fire plant in Ashkelon

Residents of Ashkelon have a great reason to go to the polls in the coming municipal elections: Avi Dabush.  Dabush – a native of Ashkelon – has such an impressive list of accomplishments, its hard to summarize properly.  And true to form of those involved in the Israel Green Movement, his accomplishments span from enacting progressive economic programs to preventing the expansion of coal power to setting up a school for children with Autism.  Dabush completed his undergraduate education at Ben Gurion University, and holds a graduate degree in organizational sociology.  He coordinates organizational support for environmental NGOs with the social justice organization “Shaltiel.”  He shares his views in a regular column on the YNET website (his latest – in Hebrew – on the politics of placing cell phone relay stations in residential areas is here).  He is running for city council on a ticket that combines new immigrants and native residents, social and environmental activists, young and senior residents.  Dabush is number two on the list led by current city council member Yuri Zamoshchik.  Here’s hoping for Ashkelon becoming a light of social, economic and environmental progress!