A Message From Zulat President regarding the 07/10 massacre

I am writing to you on the sixth day of the war, in the aftermath of harrowing events and ahead of the opening of the Knesset’s winter session next Monday. I have no words to describe the magnitude of the horror. Hamas massacred hundreds of Israelis, youngsters at a peace festival and families in their homes, and abducted women, children, and elderly persons.

With more than 1,300 dead, 200 abducted, and over 3,000 injured, this is not just a war crime. It is a barbaric and inhumane act for which there is no justification or legitimacy at all!

Each one of us knows someone who has been killed, injured, or abducted, or is indirectly connected to victims through family and friends. Our hearts are broken.

Amid the terrible darkness engulfing us, stories emerge about the courage and resilience of civilians and troops, of the Arab community’s solidarity, and of the amazing response of activists and civil society. Now is the time to support one another!

Finance Minister Smotrich’s proposal to fight in Gaza as if there were no captives is beyond shocking! He has shown more empathy for the far-right extremists who carried out a pogrom in Hawarah than for these young children, women, men, and elderly persons – all of whom mean nothing to him at all. Smotrich and the rest of the government must remember that even in times of war one must avoid harming the non-combatant civilian population

Monday, 16/10, the day the Knesset is due to open its winter session, was also be the last day in office of Supreme Court Justice Esther Hayut – and no replacement is seen on the horizon.

Prime Minister Netanyahu wasted an entire year promoting a regime revolution aimed at reducing the independence of the judiciary and to keep himself out of prison, disregarding warnings of past and present defense officials.

After the war, when security is restored to Israel’s citizens, the emergency government that was established yesterday will have to disband.

There is no way Netanyahu and his fellow ministers can get off scot-free from this fiasco! We deserve a government that takes this country and its citizens seriously, so that we may have a future.



Dr. Maha Sabbah Karkabi


Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Tel Aviv University (2015), a postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Gender Studies, SOAS, University of London (2015-2016), a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Sociology at Tel Aviv University (2016-2017), and a postdoctoral fellowship Ph.D. at the Humphrey Institute for Social Research, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (2018-2020).
Dr. Maha Karbahi’s areas of interest focus on the connection between social change, family behavior, and gender inequality in societies in the process of change and specifically in Palestinian Arab society in Israel. Her research draws attention to the study of family life and employment, using a combined “ethnic lens” and “gender lens” and paying attention to the perspective of Palestinian Arab women, a group characterized by intersections between multiple marginal locations, which over the years has remained hidden from the research eye. Dr. Karkabi-Sabah’s research is published in professional journals and chapters in scientific books that are considered pioneers in family research, work, and gender equality.


Prof. Frances Raday

Professor Emeritus in the Lieberman Chair in Labor Law, in the Faculty of Law at the Hebrew University and serves as a full professor in the College of Management’s academic track, where she also serves as chair of the graduate program and as honorary president of the Concord Center for International Law Absorption. Radai was a member of a working group of the UN Human Rights Council on discrimination against women. In addition, she is a prominent and feminist human rights activist.


Dr. Rawia Aburabia 

Faculty member of Sapir Academic College’s School of Law, received her PhD from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her research deals with the interface between law, gender, minorities, and human rights. Has published in leading journals on the subject of the matrimonial laws pertaining to Muslim women in Israel. Her book Under the Law, Outside Justice: Polygamy, Gendered Citizenship, and Colonialism in Israeli Law is expected to be published as part of the Gender Series of Kibbutz Meuhad Publishing House.

Dr. Aburabia has extensive experience in international human rights and public law. She has worked as a jurist for the Association for Civil Right and has been invited as a specialist to address such international forums as the United Nations and the European Parliament on the subject of indigenous communities and minority rights. She has interned with Human Rights Watch in Washington DC, and has been a member of the executive board of Amnesty International. In 2018, she was selected by the magazine Globes as one of the 40 most promising young persons in Israel under the age of 40.



Ron Kessler

With over two decades of experience in the field of digital content, Ron has participated in numerous political and social campaigns. He helped run the digital activity of senior public officials, and worked in various NGOs. Ron is a fundamentally optimistic man, who believes that Israel can be changed and so can people. Lives in Tel Aviv.