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Zehava Galon, PhD Biography

Title:
Israeli Knesset Member
Position:
Pro to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
Reasoning:

“The one-state solution is a dangerous and mistaken illusion.

I believe that the State of Israel is the self determination of the Jewish Nation, a state for all citizens, and a state which grants communal rights to National minorities within it. Just as I defend Israel’s right to exist, despite my criticism, I also struggle for the establishment of a Palestinian state that will put into practice Palestinians’ right to Statehood.

The demand to release Palestinians from the oppression of the Occupation is not only a human rights demand. Rather, it is a demand for the end of the conflict, for a division of land based on an agreement, in the spirit of the Arab League and Geneva Initiatives. The suggestion to establish one state, both when it comes from the radical left or from the right, will not only deter from reaching peace but will establish a new conflict over control over the one state.

Unlike them, I want to end the occupation, but not to end the state of Israel. I want to change the state I’m living it, but I don’t want to give up our independence. I believe that the Palestinians wouldn’t want to give up the hope for their own nation-state as well. According to a recent poll conducted by the Hebrew University, this understanding is shared by a majority in both societies.”

“Is It Time to Move On to the One-State Solution?” 972mag.com, Feb. 13, 2011

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Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Member (New Movement-Meretz party), Israeli Knesset 18, 2011-present
  • Member, Finance Committee, Israeli Knesset 18, 2011-present
  • Member, Lobby for Improving Ties with American Jewry, Israeli Knesset 18, 2011-present
  • Member, Lobby for Promoting the Two-State Solution and Separation Between Israel and the Palestinians, Israeli Knesset 18, 2011-present
  • Director, International Center for Peace in the Middle East
  • Member (Meretz-Yahad party), Israeli Knesset 17, 2006-2009
  • Chairwoman, Knesset Committee for the Struggle Against the Trafficking of Women, 2001-2007
  • Member (Meretz-Democratic Choice-Shahar party), Israeli Knesset 16, 2003-2006
  • Member (Meretz party), Israeli Knesset 15, 1999-2003
  • Former Founder and General Manager, B’Tselem
Education:
  • PhD, Gender Studies, Bar Ilan University
  • MA, Philosophy of Education, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • BEd, Special Education and Language
Other:
  • Born Jan. 4, 1956 in Vilnius, Lithuania
  • Recipient of the “Community Friend” decoration from the Israeli Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Association in Israel in 2009
  • Recipient of the President of Israel Decoration for Combating Trafficking of Women Award in 2009
  • Recipient of the Mahatma Gandhi Award for Peace and Reconciliation for activity in promoting peace between Israelis and Palestinians in 2005
  • Recipient of the American National Council of Jewish Women’s “Women to Watch Award” in 2004
  • Recipient of the Carter Human Rights Award on behalf of B’Tselem in 1989
Quoted in:
  1. Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?