Reichman University Panel With the Participation of Zulat President Zehava Galon: “Crisis of Trust: Nobody Believes You!”

A panel titled “Crisis of Trust: Nobody Believes You!” was held at Reichman University’s School of Communication on the occasion of the launch of the book Public Trust – Its Reflection in the Media and Politics by Dr. Amit Lavie Dinur and Dr. Yuval Karniel. Participating in the panel were Zulat President Zehava Galon, along with jurist Prof. Yaniv Rosnai, journalist Maya Aidan, and researcher Noam Menela.

Zehava Galon spoke about fake news, a phenomenon examined in a wide-ranging report published by Zulat that included operative proposals for legislation. Among other things, she said: “Social media is a hotbed of manipulation. Some people realize that they can doctor facts and narratives and use them to advance agendas. A leader who has used and still uses fake news to advance a political agenda and to smear enemies is Binyamin Netanyahu, who has perfected the art of fake news to promote incitement, slander, and vilification. Fake news is used intentionally and maliciously to manipulate and feed false facts during an election period, when people need to make a choice.

“Zulat’s report Fake News and the Violation of Human Rights: Challenges and Responses contains proposals for comprehensive reforms. Fake news can lead to a crisis of trust in politicians, unruliness, depravity, and corruption, but also to the emergence of the ‘lone wolf,’ a person who is radicalized by social media and then turns to guns. This has been known to happen before, and still does. There are irresponsible people whose goal is to wrest away power by undemocratic means and by creating a false picture of the truth, and that is dangerous.

“The book raises concerns about what might happen in the absence of a responsible leadership to put a stop to it. In the face of fake news, which impairs the ability to obtain correct information, we propose to amend the Election Law. I am aware of the opinion that we are a democratic country and that such a move would violate freedom of expression, but it is inconceivable that we should reach a situation where in the end all we are left with is fake news.”

Watch Zehava’s full remarks (in Hebrew):





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.