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.

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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