Ambassador (Ret.) Ilan Baruch is Chairman of the Policy Working Group, an advocacy team that focuses on engaging the international community to secure an end to the occupation, based on the two-state paradigm, implementation of UNSC Resolution 2334, and freedom of expression for human rights defenders. Baruch is a member of the Editorial Board of the Palestine-Israel Journal. He was a member of the Israeli delegation to the Oslo peace negotiations and participated in negotiations with the Palestinian Authority, Jordan, and Egypt. Baruch served as a member of the Israeli diplomatic corps for 36 years, and his final overseas posting was as Ambassador to South Africa.
Dr. Elias Mtanes
Dr. Elias Mtanes is a politician and social activist who works for equal rights for the Israeli-Arab public. He served as Deputy Mayor of Haifa from 2004 to 2007, working to foster coexistence in the mixed city. Mtanes is active in promoting education and employment for Israeli Arabs and manages a scholarship fund for Arab students. He currently serves on the Municipal Centers Committee. Mtanes is a veteran left-wing political activist. He began his political activity in 1984, when he was elected to the Ratz party conference. In 1992, Mtanes was elected to the Meretz Executive Committee and served as President of the Meretz Conference. Mtanes works as a dentist, having studied in Romania.
Nehama Karpol Burak
*** On 19 July 2022, Zehava Galonn announced her decision to run for leader of Meretz. Nehama Karpol-Burk replaces her as acting chairperson ***
Nehama Karpol Burak is a leading Israeli human resources expert. She began her career in the early 1980s and managed the Mashabey Enosh executive search firm. She held several senior positions at the firm, including Senior Consultant, Partner and General Manager, and was Chair of the Board from 2005-2016. Karpol Burak is active in the Israeli cultural scene and is a member of the board of the Batsheva Dance Company and the Basis School of Arts and Culture. She holds a BA in psychology and art from Haifa University, an MA in psychology from Bar-Ilan University, and an MA in philosophy of science from Tel Aviv University. She is a political activist and a member of the Meretz party.
Betzalel “Tzali” Reshef is a lawyer who served as a Member of Knesset for the Labor Party between August 2002 and February 2003. Reshef holds a Bachelor’s degree in law and economics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a Master’s degree in law from Harvard University. Reshef was one of the founders of the Peace Now movement and currently serves on its board. He was cohost of a radio show on the Voice of Israel’s Reshet Bet and authored the book “Peace Now: From the Officers’ Letter to Peace Now.”
Shifra Shalit is a leading figure on the Israeli cultural scene. She owns the Dvir Gallery, is a member of the board of the Docaviv Film Festival and the Batsheva Dance Company, and is a founder of the biennial Art TLV. From 1995 to 1999, she served as Cultural Consul of the Israeli Embassy in France. Shalit holds a PhD in Cultural Management from the University of Burgundy and a BA and MA in French philosophy and literature from Tel Aviv University and Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris. In 2015, she was awarded the Officier des Arts et des Lettres for her contribution to building a strong cultural dialogue between Israel and France.
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.
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.
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.