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Zuaretz, O.


Orit Zuaretz

CEO of E.S.D. Initiative Ltd. - Economical social development

M.K - Former Member of the Knesset, the Israeli Parliament 2009-2013.


PHD: Currently writing PHD in Middle East Studies and Political Islam at The Haifa University.

MA: Middle East and Africa Studies from The Tel-Aviv University.

BA: Social Science and Humanities, with a major in Community Developing and Management


English, Arabic, Russian and Hebrew

Military service

Served in the Intelligence Corps during 1985-1988.

Political activity

As a member of the Knesset, set in a number of Committees:

The Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee;

Chairperson on the Women's Trafficking Subcommittee.

International relations

2009-2013: The Israeli Knesset delegate to the Committee on Energy, Environment and Water of the PA-UfM (EMPA - The Euro-Mediterranean Parliamentary Assembly), still works in close cooperation with organizations and associations related to the Middle- East.

FOEME - Board Member of Friends of Earth and Middle East – Israeli-Jordanian-Palestinian environmental collaboration in the region.

During the Knesset term participated in a Political and Security delegations to several countries: South Korea, NATO, Taiwan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Europe, Jordan, Turkey and the U.S.

Awards and Nominations

‘The Most Influential Woman in Knesset’ On the International Woman Day 2012, was rated 2nd for her actions for Human and Women’s rights in Israel.

‘The Freedom Award’ On March 2013, received the award from The Coalition Against Trafficking in Women for her struggle against Human Trafficking.

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