Zulat President Zehava Galon in Solidarity Human Rights Film Festival

Founded in 2010, The Solidarity Human Rights Film Festival is the only film festival in Israel dedicated entirely to activism and human rights and the largest of its kind in the country. It is designed to expose the Israeli public to social and environmental endeavors, to questions of discrimination, racism and gender, and to the struggle against occupation.

This year, for the second time, Zulat attended the festival which culminated in the presentation of prizes to outstanding artists. The festival opened at the Tel Aviv Cinematheque on 9 December 2021, the eve of International Human Rights Day, with 80 films from Israel and abroad dealing with various aspects of human rights.

Here is what Zulat’s president Zehava Galon said on opening night, before the premiere of the film “A Night in Haifa” by Amos Gitai, in whose honor the festival was held:

“Opposition leader Binyamin Netanyahu has in the past urged Likud members to ‘be men, to attack the media.’ We have now been following his trial, and each day brings new revelations about the ways in which he tried to subvert a free press in Israel and to intimidate journalists and editors. And, where journalists are declared the enemy, documentarists are also targeted.”

The festival concluded on 18 December with an award ceremony for the winning films. Zulat’s executive director Einat Ovadia presented the prize to the full-length Israeli film “In These Forests.” Here are her remarks at the ceremony:

“We in Zulat attach great importance to strengthening the world of culture and the arts. In recent years, people in culture, the art, and the free press became the subject of an unprecedented onslaught by conservative forces aimed at muzzling and censoring anything they did not like. Zulat is here to put up a fight against all muzzlers and censors and to strengthen freedom of expression and free artistic work.”

(Photo Zehava Galon: Ofer Amram)

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.