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Alon-Lee Green

National director, Standing Together
Nationality: Israeli
Living in: Tel Aviv/Jaffa
Fields of work: movement building, public policy, governance, grassroots organising

“Change is not something that will be created in an instant. It will not be the result of a single campaign or a sprint. Change happens when committed people create a thinking collective, working with a focused plan and a shared set of values.

It can be easy to lose hope, or to play the superhero who is all about the individual act. I have faced the choice of building myself as a politician or building the movement. I am proud to be part of a group, of a movement, committed to something larger than the individual.

I am happy to have worked for so many years for the public, knowing that it might take years more until we achieve change, but also knowing it will only happen if we work for it together.”
— Alon-Lee Green

BIOGRAPHY
Alon-Lee Green is the founding National Director of Standing Together, a progressive Jewish-Arab grassroots movement. Throughout his political and social years of activity, he has organised numerous campaigns against the recent wars between Israel and Palestine, and for a just peace and equality and social justice in Israel. 

As a teenager, Alon-Lee was active in organising Israel’s first trade union of waiters in a chain of coffee shops. As leader of the union, he led a six-week strike, was fired by management and returned to his job by court order, and eventually won the strike and signed the first-ever collective agreement in Israel’s restaurant industry. He went on to found Israel’s first National Waiters’ Union, and has appeared numerous times in the media speaking about young workers’ rights. 

In the summer of 2011, he played a prominent role in Israel’s social protest movement and convened some of its largest rallies. As one of the protest’s leaders, he appeared on media and at public events, underscoring the connections between social justice and peace, as well raising the question of who profits from social-economic structures.

Alon-Lee also worked for five years as a political and parliamentary adviser in the Knesset, the Israeli parliament, and was involved in the legislative process and the building of citizens’ campaigns that influenced parliamentary decisions. During that time, he was responsible for a few laws that are now on the Israeli statute books, including advances in the rights of workers, students and the LGBT community. 

Together with Arab and Jewish partners, Alon-Lee founded Standing Together in late 2015. It organises locally and nationally around campaigns for peace, equality and social justice, in order to build power and transform Israeli society. Since then, on a number of occasions and campaigns, Standing Together has mobilised more than 100,000 people, and has more than 1,400 members and 2,500 activists around the country. 

Twitter: @AlonLeeGreen

“The past year was a tough one in my country. Our government has never been so far to the right: attacking minorities, passing anti-democratic bills and bringing more and more discord to our society. In the past year it laid plans to deport all asylum seekers living in Israel, to institute the racist Nation State Bill and attack women’s and LGBT rights, to support the moving of the US embassy to Jerusalem and carry out attacks on the people of Gaza. All these steps were aggressive, violent and loud. 

But all of these steps have prompted vociferous public resistance, protest and solidarity. I find hope in the fact that we stopped the deportation of 40,000 African asylum seekers — even though the government had a solid plan and a concrete majority in parliament. I find hope in the massive Jewish-Arab demonstrations of more than 10,000 people against the Nation State law. 

Our reality is full of dangers, but also full of opportunities. It is full of fears, but also full of people with hopes and dreams. It gives me a lot of hope to see how we can harness the dialectical nature of our reality to create change.”
— Alon-Lee Green