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Kol Israel Arevim Ze Leze

Hebrew translation: All Jews are responsible for one another.

Universal Israelite Alliance's motto.

The Alliance Israélite Universelle, founded in 1860 in Paris by Charles Netter, is an international Jewish organization dedicated to protecting the human rights of Jews worldwide.

It advocates for Jewish self-defense and self-sufficiency through education and professional development. Notably, the organization set up French-language schools for Jewish children globally, spanning regions like Iran and the Ottoman Empire in the late 19th and 20th centuries.

One of the founders of the Alliance, Charles Netters, established Mikve Israel in 1870, playing a crucial role in supporting the Biluim and the pioneers of the first Aliyah in establishing themselves in the land of Israel.

The motto of the Alliance Israélite Universelle reflects the Jewish rabbinic principle: "Kol Israel Arevim Ze Laze" meaning "All Jews are responsible for one another."

This motto is frequently heard during political protests, cultural events, and in the news to defend inclusivity and tolerance among the various facets of Israeli society.

Despite significant disagreements among the diverse populations of Israeli society regarding education, military service, employment, and the role of religion, some have come to realize that, given Israel's unique situation (security concerns, antisemitism, etc.), there is no alternative but to find ways to coexist as a nation.

You can enjoy the song "Kol Israel Arevim Ze Laze" (also used during events) from the renowned Israeli musical film "Hershele" (1977) by watching the video on this YouTube link.

The plot revolves around conflicts arising from diverse origins and cultures, specifically the tensions between Ashkenazim and Mizrahim.


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