Chen Arieli

Deputy Mayor of Tel Aviv-Jaffa

Chen is serving as Deputy Mayor and is in charge of the welfare and public health administration. She is very interested in implementing a practice of distributive justice and transferring the discourse from equality to fairness. She wants to deepen the factors and create prevention, that will enable a holistic approach that sees the individual in all its diversity and life circumstances.
Arieli, 43, is an Israeli feminist lesbian who involved in social activism for 20 years.
Chen was the Chairperson of the LGBTQ umbrella organization. In her position as Chairperson, Chen led the Aguda to significant achievements for the LGBTQI community in Israel: negotiating with the Treasury Ministry to increase the budgets for community organizations, leading the most massive demonstration in the history of the LGBTQI community, creating structures for a joint discourse among all the LGBTQI community organizations, initiating an innovative project to train and mentor community members running or local elections in October 2018, among other milestones for the community.
Chen is a leading figure of the Israeli feminist movement; and one of the founders of the women’s movement that began in December 2018 as a result of the women’s protest, uniting Arab and Jewish women to work together to change reality.
She is a past Spokesperson and Political Advisor to Merav Michaelli of the Labor Party, in the liberal democratic wing, who is widely considered a leading feminist public figure in Israel.
Chen is also the co-founder and CEO of DUGRI, a new social enterprise building cooperation within Israeli civil society – working through networking and a digital platform to encourage people and organizations in the civil society in Israel to work together for the greater good. She worked as a business consultant for women’s business social business. gave lectures all over the country on subjects of body imagery and fat phobia She is a board member of “Itach Maaci”- women lawyers for social justice; she represented the city on the board of directors of Tel Aviv Museum of Art and “Ahuzat hahof,” a municipal company owned by the Tel Aviv-Jaffa the municipality, which has been operating parking lots throughout Tel Aviv-Jaffa; she is part of the Advisory Committee and a board member of “Matsmichim”- NPO to reduce violence in the education system and board member of the LGBTQ umbrella organization.

Morsi Abu Mokh

Mayor, Baqa Al-Gharbiyyah

Morsi was born in 1973 at Baqa Al-Gharbiyyah border village (City since 1996). Dr. Abo Mokh is a graduate of the Arab Orthodox College (High School) at Haifa in 1991. He studied Law at Coventry in England. Abo Mokh worked for 15 years as a criminal defense lawyer.
In 2011, he was chosen to be the Mayor of Baqa Al-Gharbiyyah, population 30000, while he was 37 years old. In 2015 he won the local municipality elections again and became a mayor for a second term. His second term as a mayor of Baqa ends in December 2019.
Abo Mokh studied at The IDC Herzliya College to get a Master’s Degree in Political Science. He wrote his thesis on the political schools of the Arab minority in Israel at Haifa University, where he got his Ph.D. degree. Dr. Morsi Abo Mokh wrote his dissertation about the ethnical conflicts and the role of the social capital building sustainable peace: Rwanda, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Sri Lanka as study cases.
Abo Mokh publishes articles in Hebrew and Arabic in various publications. He writes on political and social issues, concentrating on the political life of the Arab minority in Israel. He published two books, the first about the political schools of the Arabs in Israel, and the second one is about the social capital and his role to build a sustainable peace between groups with ethnic conflicts.
Abo Mokh is a researcher at the postdoctoral program at Tami Sctaimetz center at Tel Aviv University. His postdoctoral research examines the movement of the Knesset elections boycotters.

Limor Yaakov-Safrai

Department of Education Director, Southern Galilee Regional Council

Limor grew up in an agricultural town, Gan-Or, in Gush Qatif. In the last sixteen years is a resident of the religious Kibbutz, Ma’ale Gilboa. She has a BA in criminology, sociology and anthropology, and an MA in the sociology of education. She also holds a teacher’s degree in literature. Limor worked for many years as a counselor, coordinator, and director of many informal education programs. She is a co-founder of’ “Torah and Avodah Seminary” — an education program for Liberal Religious Zionism. In recent years Limor ran the educational department for youth math for the Religious Kibbutz movement and was a member of the movements secretariat. Over the years, Limor was active in various social initiatives in the fields of feminism, shared society, and struggles against racism. She is a member of the regional council Emek Hama’ayanot general assembly, and a member of the council’s economic board of directors. She is a member of the Religious Organizations Coalition to combat prostitution in Israel, a member of the board of Beit Lochamei Hageta’ot, and the steering committee of Forum Dov Lautman.
Limor is married to Aviad and a mother of four.

Nidal Othman

Deputy Mayor, Tamra

Nidal is al lawyer and a consultant to various non-governmental and media initiatives. Today he acts as deputy mayor of Tamra. Until recently (2018), Nidal ran the committee against racism in Israel, and in 2013 served as the substitute director of MUSAWA – The Palestinian Center for the Independence of the Judiciary and the Legal Profession.
Between the years 2006-2008, Nidal published the sports weekly in Arabic, “Dunia Al-Riada Ulshabab.” Between the years 2014-2015, he anchored the television program, “Our Rights” on HALA TC, interviewing human rights activists on various issues.
In 2003, and a community organizer at MUSAWA Nidal was a founder of the Committee Against Racism in Israel, a coalition of organizations from different communities fighting racism through solidarity and joint work across racial lines.
As an activist in Tamra, Nidal leads struggles alongside others against violence in the community and the proliferation of illegal guns. He ran the local committee against illegal weapons in his community, an initiative of various organizations in the city. In 2018 he was elected for city council and deputy mayor.
Nidal frequently writes op-eds in Hebrew and Arabic on human rights issues.
He is the father of twin girls.

Kholoud Masalha

Director, Ilam Center

Koloud has been a media professional for 18 years. She started her career after her studies at Ilam Center, as a media researcher. In 2008, she joined Bukra Website in an effort to create a different kind of journalism. Today, Masalha is the CEO of I’lam – Arab Center for Media Freedom, Development and Research, as well as the executive editor of Bukra Website, the first Arab website that focuses on social issues.

Alongside her work at Ilam and Bukra, Masalha is involved in a number of public projects aimed to empower the Arab public and reassert its presence in Israeli media.

Her previous studies focused, among other issues, on the image of Arabs in Israeli media and human rights discourse in Israeli media.

Masalha has also been involved in a number of documentaries and doco-dramas, focusing on women right issues, as well as political, cultural and gender issues in Arab society.

Laura Talinovsky

 Deputy CEO, Shaharit

Laura lives in Haifa, and serves as Deputy CEO of Shaharit: a think tank and a leadership incubator aimed to diverse Israeli politics and create politics of common good. Prior to that, Laura was the Head of Mechinat Rabin: a Leadership Academy for youth. She taught courses on Economics, Gender, Society and Government at the Academic college of Emek Yezreel and the Rabin Leadership Academy, among others.
She served as Director of the One Voice Movement, that promoted the two-states solution.
Prior to that, she was the Parliamentary Advisor for Knesset Opposition Leader, MK Shelley Yechimovich.
Laura has a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and a BA in Political Sciences and Sociology, both from the Hebrew University, and spent a year at New York University on a Paths to Peace Fellowship leadership program for Israelis and Palestinians.
Laura is one of the establishers of the activist group “Generation 1.5” – young Russian speaking Israelis, as she was born in Ukraine and immigrated to Israel at the age of 6.

Mohammed Khlaile

Political Consutlant

Mohammed is a member of the Hadash party and a social and political activist. In the past, he was a parliamentary aid to DR Yousef Jabareen .He doctoral candidate in the political science department at Haifa University. His academic focus ins on clans in the Arab communities in Israel, the PA, and Jordon. He wrote his MA on the fading power of the Arab parties in municipal elections in Israel, a paper that was awarded outstanding academic work by the Israeli Association for Political Science. Khlaile teaches at Oranim College in the civics and sociology department.

Chen Liberman


Chen is a News correspondent and TV host, staff journalist at Ha’Makor, channel 13’s investigative and newsmagazine TV program. Liberman began her career in journalism during her army service, where she was a member of the IDF radio station, first as a foreign affairs correspondent and then as a crime reporter. She graduated from the City University of New York with a B.A in history and returned to Israel as the head of the culture news desk for channel 10 news. Liberman has made special documentary projects for the evening news about various subjects such as the Israeli law against abortion, the younger generation of Israeli-Palestinians, sexual harassments and the price women pay for exposing their story, and the politics of archaeology, among others. In addition, she has served as a Gesher fellow, strengthening the linkages between Israel and the Jewish diaspora, and an ROI fellow, a young leadership program.

Abed abou Shhadeh

City Council, Tel-Aviv Jaffa

Abed is a city council member in the Tel-Aviv Jaffa municipality, where he sits as part of the coalition. He is a founder and member of the Young Yaffa movement, which he represents in the municipality. His primary focus revolves around organizing the Arab community in Jaffa and their social and cultural isolation from the rest of their city. Abed is writing his MA in Tel Aviv University in political science, focusing on the Palestinian community in Jaffa. He blogs at Haoketz.

Efrat Yerday

Chairwoman, Association for Ethipoian Jews

Efrat is a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology at Tel Aviv University, teacher, activist and the chairwoman of the Association for Ethiopian Jews. She was born in Ashdod and lives in Tel Aviv. She has a master’s degree in politics and government from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and now researching the fluidity of citizenship in Israel. In the course of her studies, she established the'”Ethiopolitics”, reading group for students of Ethiopian descent who wanted to broaden their knowledge of Ethiopian history and issues of identity and racism in Israel and elsewhere.

In 2015, following the success of the reading group, she initiated and prepared an academic course in the university’s Department of Politics and Government. The course, Black Identity in a White Space: The Ethiopian Population in the Israeli Context was part of the Program for Specialization in Politics until 2017. She also taught this course as part of the program of Jewish Studies for working people at the Ono Academic College. In 2012 she established the Ra’av (Hunger) publishing house in Beersheba with the aim of adding color to the Israeli bookshelf. She edited its first book of translated poetry, Kushila’imashelahem—Antologia zmanit leshira shekhora (Kushila’imashelahem—A temporary anthology of black poetry).

In 2010–2012 she served as the spokesperson for the Israeli Association for Ethiopian Jews and published opinion pieces on racism in general and institutionalized racism in particular. In 2010 she started the Young Ethiopian Students blog, inviting critical thinking and challenging the establishment and academic narrative of the Aliya (immigration) and absorption of Ethiopian Jews. Yerday wrote for two years the “Shekhora mi’skhor” (blacker than black) column in Hamakom hakhi kham bagehinom (the hottest place in hell)—an independent magazine on socio-economic topics, and today she frequently writes for “Haaretz.” She was the head of the research group “Ethiopians Jews: Rewriting Their Story” at Van-Leer Jerusalem Institute between 2015-2018.

Fida Shehade

City Councilwoman, Lod

Fida is a councilwoman of the municipality of Lod since 2018. She received a master’s degree in urban planning from Ben-Gurion University in Beersheba. She believes that land and housing policy issues are central to combating inequality for Palestinian citizens of Israel in Lod.

Fida is one of the founders of the “Khatwa” Youth Movement in Lod and Ramleh, where she is building a foundation to develop and build housing projects for Palestinian youth. Katwah organized activism against house demolitions in Dahamash, an unrecognized village near Lod.

Fida worked for many years as a youth leader in Lod and around the country in various fields, chiefly raising awareness on identity and gender equality within the framework of Women Against Violence. She is one of the founders of the “Love in the Time of Apartheid” a campaign aimed at creating solidarity between different Palestinian communities and people. She also was active in “Prawer Will Not Pass”, a campaign against the Prawer Plan.

Fida believes that real change comes from stakeholders and through grassroots actions. Real change involves the participation of everyone:   women, workers, students, homemakers, academics, regardless of ethnicity, religion, gender, or age.

Stav Gill

Director, Erez Network pre- military academies

Stav is the director of Erez Network which consists of six educational gap year’s programs around Israel, called Mechina. In his previous role, Gill served as Director of the Be’eri Pre-Military Preparatory Program, promoting diverse and socially-committed young leadership in Israel. He also served in the IDF for seven years as an officer within a combat unit. Gill is the Founder and a board member of the Yahav Program, which promotes ideological education and training National Service volunteers in the Kibbutzim Movement. Gill holds a B.A in Political Science and M.A in Educational System Management, both from Tel Aviv University.

He lives in Beit Berl with his wife and son.