Abolition of the Board of Directors in Government Companies: Corruption& Damage to Equality

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This paper is being written against the backdrop of the decision to transfer responsibility for the Government Companies Authority to Regional Cooperation Minister David Amsalem and of his intention, stated in the coalition agreements, to abolish the Recruitment Database listing potential candidates for the position of directors of state-owned enterprises. The GCA oversees 71 SOEs with assets totaling over NIS 235 billion. Some of them are giant corporations that provide important services to the public and play a significant role in the nation’s economy and in the life of Israelis in such areas as energy, education, water, health, housing, seaports, transportation infrastructure, security, and culture.

Zulat calls on the opposition parties and opponents of the regime coup to come out against both the abolition of the Recruitment Database and the transfer of the GCA under Amsalem’s responsibility. The abolition of the Recruitment Database will seriously harm the equitable selection of SOE directors and might exacerbate the inequality that already exists in the government’s activities in all spheres of life. Even if the Recruitment Database is not abolished, the transfer of responsibility to Amsalem is a perturbing move that will damage the public interest, akin to the subordination of the Israel Police to National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir. Due to the inherent weaknesses in the Government Companies Law-1975, Amsalem will further politicize the selection of directors and their functions and wreak havoc on the SOEs and the Israeli economy, just as Ben-Gvir has been doing with the Israel Police despite the fact that the Knesset has not approved the legislative amendments he demanded.


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.