The Human Rights of Older Persons in Times of Corona
The Zulat Institute for Equality and Human Rights is hereby publishing a report compiled in July-August 2020 by a team of multidisciplinary experts led by Dr. Carmel Shalev, which for the first time formulates a holistic approach to the plight of older persons during the coronavirus pandemic. The team consisted of: Prof. Rabia Khalaila, Dr. […]
Mission Statement: 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.
Regime and Government
Regime and Government
Zehava Galon is the 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.
Einat Ovadia holds a BA in East Asian Studies and Chinese from the Hebrew University, and an MBA from the College of Management in Rishon Letzion. For the past 10 years she has served in various key positions in Israeli politics in both coalition and opposition. For the past five years she has served as chief of staff to the former head of Meretz party, Mrs. Zehava Galon, and managed numerous political campaigns for candidates and lists in national and municipal elections.
Board of Management
All Founding Members
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.
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.”
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
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.
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
“You must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right.”
- Rosa Parks