Friends of Nazareth: its origins
In 1980 members of the student parish Maranatha in Tilburg made the first contacts with Palestinian Christians and Muslims in Nazareth, the largest Palestinian-Arab town in Israel.
This was the basis for the Foundation Friends of Nazareth, started in 1985.
Since then ‘Friends of Nazareth’ have called for attention and support to the Palestinian ‘minority’ among the Israeli citizens.
Many of those involved then, by now ex-parishioners of Maranatha and members of the Ecumenical Grassroots group Tilburg, are still a ‘Friend’ and donor to the scholarship project.
The foundation’ Friends of Nazareth’ is an independent, nationally operating NGO having an ANBI status since 2005.
The ‘other’ Israel
Over the years the Foundation has found out a lot about the ‘other’ Israel. This implies that we want to show how the ‘democratic’ state of Israel infringes on the rights of one in five of its citizens in many domains of social life. This is also why for all these years the Foundation has exerted itself for this group, generally disregarded.
In 1989 the Foundation took the first steps towards the start of the scholarship project.
‘Nazareth’ is the name given to the Foundation as a symbol of the well over 1.5 million Palestinian citizens of Israel, 20% of the overall population.