In the initial weeks of the conflict, the media overflowed with heartwarming narratives spotlighting the altruistic contributions directed towards evacuees. However, as time unfolded within the pressure-cooker environment of temporary lodgings, where communities found themselves uprooted and plagued by an unsettling lack of clarity about the future, even the once-unifying force of donations has metamorphosed into a source of contention. Shomrim's poignant assessment paints a somber picture of the predicament faced by thousands of internal refugees who, paradoxically, during times of conflict, find themselves overshadowed and overlooked.
In the wake of a substantial volunteer effort to assist in harvesting produce around the Gaza envelope, the conflict with Hamas has underscored the significant dependence of Israeli agriculture on foreign labor. The ongoing war has highlighted the vulnerability of the industry, as the replacement of Thai and Palestinian workers with a fresh cohort may come too late to salvage this year's crop, leading to potential price surges on supermarket shelves. Some view this crisis as an opportunity to rejuvenate and reform Israeli agriculture, advocating for a more substantial import of produce, including from Turkey. This perspective is explored in a Shomrim report.
The decision by Columbia University to suspend the activities of Jewish Voice for Peace turned the spotlight onto the anti-Zionist group that plays a key role in demonstrations against Israel. It supports the BDS movement, promotes radical congressional candidates in an effort to cut military aid to Israel and its members participate in demonstrations where the rallying cry is “From the river to the sea.” JVP in response: ‘We condemned and we continue to condemn Hamas’ actions.’ This investigation is also published in Calcalist
In Kiryat Shmona, residents are lacking thousands of saferooms. In Ashkelon, the Israeli city that has suffered most from rocket fire from Gaza, a quarter of residents are unprotected. The same is true in Eshkol and in the Galilee. Israel has been under rocket attack for more than a decade, yet half of its citizens are not protected. Shomrim examines government decisions over the years: the money that was allocated and rescinded, the broken promises and the paralyzing bureaucracy.A special report
It’s happening below the radar and has been for years: non-governmental organizations did the groundwork to advance the agendas of right-wing parties. In some of them, politicians were actively involved in drawing up plans to change the very character of the State of Israel. Members of one group visited a key Knesset committee – chaired by one of its founders – no fewer than 55 times. The fingerprints of another, which is working to turn Israel into a Halakha state, can be found all over the coalition agreements. The list of organizations goes on and on. A Shomrim investigation
Property buyers in sought-after settlements pay full price, while developers enjoy state-subsidized land in less desirable areas.
A document written in conjunction with the Shiloh Policy Forum, founded by the Kohelet Policy Forum, includes clauses that are remarkably similar to the demands made by Itamar Ben-Gvir and Bezalel Smotrich during coalition negotiations. The document was allegedly signed by former top IDF and police officers, but some of them now have reservations. Amos Yadlin claims that he never signed the document, even though his name appears on it. Amos Gilad: I made a mistake. A Shomrim expose in conjunction with TheMarker
Over the course of around two years, the Forum for National Challenges published five policy papers. According to one insider, the goal of the Forum was to lay the groundwork for Nir Barkat to launch a campaign to become the leader of the Likud party – and then prime minister. Legal experts are divided over whether policy papers can be considered political donations, which must be reported to the State Comptroller. Kohelet in response: We are grateful for the exposure you’re giving our research and activity. A Shomrim exclusive, also published in TheMarker
From settlements to education, from unions to immigration: the Kohelet Policy Forum, viewed as the most influential right-wing body in Israel, has spread its wings over many NGOs and associations. It funds some of them directly, cooperates with others – and shares many of the same officials. In most cases, the websites of these organizations downplay their connection to the Forum. Kohelet, in response: These are completely independent organizations. A Shomrim exposé