Our mission statement
Our aims are clearly defined: The German-Israeli Association wants to strengthen and develop the personal, cultural and economic links between Germans and Israelis. We are not affiliated to any political party and always act in solidarity with the state of Israel and its people. The basis for our work is our mission statement. It guides us in our efforts to safeguard peace, secure recognised borders, as well as economic and social security for Israel and its citizens.
MISSION STATEMENT OF THE GERMAN-ISRAEL ASSOCIATION (DIG)
In addition to the tasks defined in the association's constitution (§ 2) the DIG sets itself the following mission:
1. The DIG is the central organisation in the Federal Republic of Germany in which friends of Israel can work together, regardless of political affiliation, to effect solidarity with the state of Israel and its citizens.
2. It is not enough to leave the development and maintenance of German-Israeli relations to state organisations. As an non-partisan organisation the DIG therefore wants to contribute to the strengthening and development of personal, cultural and economic links between Germans and Israelis.
3. The DIG supports and promotes all efforts to safeguard peace, secure recognised borders, as well as economic and social security for Israel and its citizens.
4. The DIG is committed to achieving a peace in the Middle East which ensures Israel's existence is secured permanently. It advocates understanding between all peoples of the region and strongly condemns all those forces in and outside Germany which deny Israel's right to exist as a Jewish state.
5. In the future the DIG's will continue to base its work on the knowledge of the responsibility Germans carry for the crimes committed against Jews between 1933 and 1945. The DIG will therefore remain morally bound to reconciliation between our two peoples. It is our duty to ensure this moral obligation is understood by coming generations. The DIG therefore has made one of its tasks to counter prejudices against Jews held amongst the German population and resolutely fight anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism.
6. The DIG works to deepen understanding of Israel, its history and its present among those living in Germany. Part of this is providing ongoing training to DIG members and the public on new developments and problems in Israel, as well as on its struggle to secure its existence.
7. The DIG publishes its viewpoints. These viewpoints are non-partisan and discussed and developed among members before being make public, which mostly is done via the Federal Government and German political parties.
8. The DIG aims to convey a realistic picture of new developments and problems in the Federal Republic of Germany. In this regard it works closely with its sister association, the Israeli-German Association (IDG), which is dedicated to parallel tasks in Israel.
9. The DIG supports exchange programmes between both countries, especially as part of the German-Israeli Youth Exchange Programme. This exchange promotes willingness to develop a sense of political responsibility within communities and helps young people gain a better and deeper understanding of the other nation, their political and social situation, their country, history and culture.
10. The regional working groups of the DIG perform key tasks. They organise events attended by representatives of Israel, with the aim of promoting dialogue and providing an authentic insight into political, social and cultural developments in the country.
11. The DIG participates in a Europe-wide co-operation with institutions whose aim it is to develop and maintain a close friendship with Israel and its citizens.