Israel’s Youngest Knesset Member Sworn In Today

Categories: Israel, Letters From Leadership
Tags: , , , , , , ,

Press Release

Israel’s Youngest Knesset Member Sworn In Today

Media Advisory: For Immediate Release

New York, NY, February 5, 2013
CONTACT: Aliza Becker

Two years ago, a young Israeli woman made headlines and history as the leader of the unexpected “social protest movement” that brought hundreds of thousands of Israelis into the streets demanding social justice and equality. Today Stav Shaffir made history again, when at age 27 she was sworn in as the youngest member of the new Knesset, in fact the youngest elected member in the body’s history.

Shaffir sees the victory not only as her own. Rather she sees her victory as moving the social agenda from the streets, to the ballot box and then to the Knesset. According to Shaffir, “The biggest protest movement in our history awakened Israelis from their slumber about the possibility of changing the status quo. It swept into office a new generation of politicians who are demanding our country back for the people — a generation that wants peace and a two state solution rather than an endless war. The era of rule by ex-generals has come to an end.”

“My generation, which brought hope through the protests for resolution of our social problems, now bears the responsibility to do something similar for our security issues. In order to survive Israel must address both its social problems and the question of peace with the Palestinians.”

Shaffir explained that when weeks of protest which saw as many as 500,000 people protesting on the streets of Tel Aviv brought no change, the social movement decided not to petition power but rather to take power.

“Mass mobilization haven’t been sufficient to move our government to action, so now – we the protestors are expanding our reach into parliament., We haven’t traded one form of action for another; we have simply learned to and intend to walk on both feet.”

While too early to tell what results the holding of parliamentary power will yield, Shaffir called on those throughout the world concerned with justice and equity to learn from and emulate the Israeli progressives’ actions. “I call on my fellow protesters around the world to join us,” says Shaffir. We should not leave our demands outside of the places where decisions are made, where the budget is determined. We must be everywhere.”


This entry was posted in Israel, Letters From Leadership and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

10 Responses to Israel’s Youngest Knesset Member Sworn In Today

  1. Jeramy Suto says:

    Hiya, I’m really glad I have found this information. Nowadays bloggers publish just about gossips and web and this is really irritating. A good blog with exciting content, that’s what I need. Thank you for keeping this web site, I will be visiting it. Do you do newsletters? Can’t find it.

  2. I got what you mean , regards for posting.Woh I am delighted to find this website through google. “Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment.” by Ralph Waldo Emerson.

  3. I do trust all of the ideas you have presented to your post. They are very convincing and will certainly work. Still, the posts are very brief for novices. Could you please lengthen them a little from subsequent time? Thanks for the post.

  4. Calgary says:

    I don’t unremarkably comment but I gotta state thanks for the post on this perfect one : D.

  5. It is truly a nice and helpful piece of information. I am satisfied that you shared this helpful info with us. Please keep us up to date like this. Thank you for sharing.

  6. I’m really enjoying the design and layout of your blog. It’s a very easy on the eyes which makes it much more enjoyable for me to come here and visit more often. Did you hire out a designer to create your theme? Excellent work!

  7. It’s laborious to search out knowledgeable individuals on this subject, but you sound like you realize what you’re speaking about! Thanks

  8. click here says:

    Awsome website! I am loving it!! Will come back again. I am bookmarking your feeds also

  9. Merlin says:

    Simply wish to say your article is as surprising. The clarity for your post is just spectacular and i could suppose you’re knowledgeable in this subject. Fine with your permission allow me to grasp your RSS feed to keep updated with impending post. Thanks one million and please continue the gratifying work.

  10. Just desire to say your article is as surprising. The clearness to your publish is simply spectacular and that i can think you are a professional in this subject. Fine with your permission allow me to grasp your feed to stay updated with impending post. Thank you a million and please continue the rewarding work.