Statement (May 2021)
We are a German-Israeli foundation – and as such, we (meaning “we” who represent the foundation as well as “we all” who are connected to the Future Forum through joint projects, our network etc.) are directly impacted by the current escalation of violence in Israel. Half of us live in Israel and have to deal with the situation in the country. The other half has close ties to Israel and worries for the safety of family, friends, colleagues and partners, – and has to cope with the growing hatred and antisemitism in Germany.
Our Future Forum family is a broad and diverse coalition of people, fostering German-Israeli relations. It includes Jews, Muslims, Christians, atheists; it includes religious and secular people, various political beliefs, gender identities and life experiences; it includes Germans with and without a migration background as well as Israelis in all their diversity.
In short: Our Future Forum family includes anyone from Israel or Germany who can sign up to the values of democracy, freedom and tolerance and who wants to be part of our network.
We may disagree with each other on many things. But we can disagree without being disagreeable, as the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg famously said.
We send our solidarity and compassion towards everyone who is hurting. We are hurting, too. We take it as motivation that there is still a lot to do – and that working together is always a good way to start.
The German-Israeli Future Forum brings together professionals and executives from Germany and Israel who take on responsibility and champion the democratic organization of our societies.
We support multipliers from Germany and Israel and fund bilateral projects that contribute to shaping the present and the future of German-Israeli relations in a sustainable manner.