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Zulat for Equality and Human Rights

A new activist think tank set to become an influential body for advocacy and policy on equality and human rights

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Zulat works to reestablish the legitimacy of democracy, equality and human rights in Israel,
using focused research as a catalyst for strategic action and advocacy.

Zulat (“fellow person” in Hebrew) is a new activist think tank set to become an influential body for advocacy and policy on equality and human rights.
Our goal is to promote a Bill of Rights and codified constitution for Israel by advancing a series of Basic Laws on human and social rights. While this may seem a distant vision given the current political climate, in order to bring about a substantial, positive shift on issues concerning rights and equality and build a broad public basis of support, they must be put back on the agenda.
In order to do this, Zulat seeks to first create a groundswell of support for civil rights and liberties through a complete overhaul of the public and media discourse around these issues, which have been dominated by the right-wing for too long. Zulat wants to protect and safeguard human rights and equality in Israel and combat the delegitimization of liberal values. Our activities are based on the belief that progressive forces must now go on the offensive, break out of the trench-warfare tactics that have served the right for over a decade, and proactively lead a campaign that radically redefines the agenda.

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Working Divisions

Advocacy

Draft and advance new Basic Laws on issues such as human rights, social rights, and freedom of and from religion, moving Israel towards a codified constitution and Bill of Rights.

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Human Rights Training

Develop and disseminate educational programs for media professionals, public opinion leaders, policymakers, as well as materials for educators.

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Media Monitoring

Reshape the discourse by addressing inciting and erroneous comments and reports, including from senior officials and prominent journalists.

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Online Platforms

Influence the public discourse; expose and address inflammatory messaging, in particular against Arab citizens of Israel; disseminate quality content on human rights issues.

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Opposing Annexation

Address the desensitization of the Israeli public to the legitimate rights of the Palestinians and keep the two-state solution on the agenda.

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International Activity

Work with Israeli and international NGOs, forging alliances with progressive partners to combat the anti-liberal agenda both at home and abroad.

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“Knowing what must be done does away with fear.”
― Rosa Parks

Founding Memebers

President

Zehava Galon

Zehava Galon

Zehava Galon is President of Zulat. She was a Member of Knesset for 16 years, including six years as Chair of the Meretz party. Galon is known for her commitment to human rights, women's rights, and ending the occupation. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including The Movement for Quality Government in Israel award, the Ometz Prize for her struggle for social justice, the LGBT Community Award for her fight for equal rights for the community, the Medal of the Fight Against Human Trafficking, the Mahatma Gandhi Prize, the B’Tselem organization’s President Carter Award for Human Rights, and the American Council of Jewish Women’s Promising Women's Award. Since leaving the Knesset, Galon has continued her public activities, writes a weekly column in the Haaretz newspaper, and is a regular guest on current affairs shows.

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Board of Management

Ilan Baruch

Ilan Baruch

Ambassador (Ret.) Ilan Baruch is Chair 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.

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Nehama Karpol Burak

Nehama Karpol Burak

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.

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Dr. Elias Mtanes

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.

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Tzali Reshef

Tzali Reshef

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.”

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Shifra Shalit

Shifra Shalit

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.

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