Stav Shaffir – Biography

Stav Shaffir, Member of Knesset (Parliament)

Member of Knesset Stav Shaffir (Israel Labor Party), the youngest parliament member in Israel's
history, entered public life after her leading role in the 2011 social justice protests – Israel’s
largest-ever, cross-party protest, mobilizing hundreds of thousands of Israelis to take to the
streets and set up protest camps throughout the country.

Shaffir, now serving  her second term in the Knesset, is known for her relentless fight against
the corrupt use of taxpayer money.  In her current role as chair of the Transparency Committee,
she is leading a highly publicized reform on budgetary transparency, successfully exposing and
blocking, for the first time in Israel, the massive use of government funds for political purposes.

Her groundbreaking success in fighting corruption and creating standards for government
accountability led to her nomination as chair of the OECD's committee on Integrity and
Transparency. In 2017, she was named the most active member of Knesset on social issues.

Shaffir, a former journalist, studied for her master’s degree in Philosophy and History of Science
and Ideas at Tel Aviv University and holds a BA in Journalism and Sociology from City University
of London, where she was the recipient of the Olive Tree Program scholarship for conflict
resolution.

The defiantly hopeful Zionism of Stav Shaffir

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Israel's youngest female MK alleges systematic corruption involving tens of billions a year, going back decades, in the state budget. Naturally, she insists, her party will root it out if…

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Not Yet 30, Israel’s Youngest Lawmaker Is Already Making Waves

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Video of Stav Shaffir’s impromptu 'Who Is a Zionist' speech goes viral after social justice activist catapults to No. 2 spot in Labor primary.

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URI ARIEL, STAV SHAFFIR BATTLE OVER FUNDS FOR COMMUNITIES

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A fierce row between Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel and Labor MK Stav Shaffir broke out in the Knesset Comptroller Committee on Wednesday over allegations that Ariel redirected funds designated for…

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The Social Index: Stav Shaffir in First

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MK Stav Shaffir (Zionist Union) finished in first place in the Social Guard’s Social Index ( Knesset winter session, 2017). Shaffir is the first woman to ever be ranked first…

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Stav Shaffir Addresses AFT

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The youngest Israeli Knesset member Stav Shaffir calls on progressives of the world to unite to push for a two-state solution in Israel to guarantee peace and prosperity for Israelis…

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Stav Shaffir on How BDS Strengthens the Right

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When asked about the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, Shaffir noted that it is a “dishonest movement that strengthens the conservative right wing in Israel.”

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Member of Knesset Stav Shaffir at the 2016 J Street Gala

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Watch MK Stav Shaffir's keynote speech from J Street's 2016 National Gala.

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Two women shape Israel's politics

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Young Knesset members Ayelet Shaked from HaBayit HaYehudi and Stav Shaffir from the Zionist Camp are the quintessential symbols of the generational changes in Israeli politics.

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WATCH THE KNESSET SPEECH THAT SHOWS HOW ISRAEL’S LEFT CAN WIN

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Last week, a political speech from Israel’s youngest Knesset member went viral across the country–and for good reason. Standing in the Knesset plenum, 29-year-old Labor MK Stav Shaffir delivered a…

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STAV SHAFFIR: MY FIGHT AGAINST CORRUPTION IN ISRAEL

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After being elected, Shaffir became a very very vocal member of the Knesset Finance committee, vigorously objecting to what she implied were a repeating series of improper actions.

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Rebel leader who took her protest into the Knesset

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With her youth, bright-red hair and eloquent idealism, Stav Shaffir makes a striking symbol of resistance. But there is much more to the 27-year-old than iconoclasm.

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'Rabbi' Stav Shaffir performs wedding ceremony

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MK Stav Shaffir(Zionist Union) performed a wedding ceremony for one of the volunteers at her office.

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Netanyahu's Charlottesville Response Proves He's Lost Any Semblance of a Moral Compass

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The first person in the world, outside of the U.S., expected to react to such events like those in Charlottesville is the prime minister of Israel – the state of the Jewish people. So where the Israeli government keeps quiet, we speak out

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