Nitzan Horowitz

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Nitzan Horowitz
Nitzan Horowitz 2012.jpg
Date of birth (1965-02-24) 24 February 1965 (age 50)
Place of birth Rishon LeZion, Israel
Knessets 18, 19
Faction represented in Knesset
2009–2015 Meretz

Nitzan Horowitz (Hebrew: ניצן הורוביץ‎, born 24 February 1965) is an Israeli politician and former journalist. He was the Foreign Affairs commentator and head of the International desk at Hadashot 10, the news division of Channel 10, before being elected to the Knesset on the Meretz list in 2009.

Biography[edit]

Horowitz was born in Rishon LeZion in 1965. He graduated from Tel Aviv University Law School, and began working as a journalist. In his early career he served as a Military Affairs reporter during the latter phase of the 1982 Lebanon war, as well as the International News editor at Army Radio between 1983 and 1987. In 1987 he began working at the Hadashot newspaper as the Foreign Affairs editor. In 1989 he started his career at Haaretz, as the Foreign Affairs Editor. He served as Haaretz correspondent in Paris between 1993 and 1998, covering also the European Union, and as Haaretz correspondent in Washington D.C. from 1998 until 2001. Back in Israel, Horowitz was the chief foreign affairs columnist for Haaretz.

When Hadashot 10 began broadcasting on January 2002, Horowitz established its international desk. His work there included creating major documentary films following the Tsunami disaster in Eastern Asia and the failed manhunt after Osama Bin Laden in Afghanistan, and regular appearances on Hadashot 10's current affairs show, London et Kirschenbaum, for which he provided reports and analysis of global news.

In 2008, Horowitz created and directed a documentary series for Channel 10, titled "WORLD: The Next Generation - Nitzan Horowitz in search of tomorrow". The series follows major phenomena and trends that could shape the future of the world in the coming decades, including the ageing crisis, urban sustainability, immigration, construction and industrial development in China, and the hi-tech revolution in India.

Horowitz served as a board member of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel. He was also active in environmental issues and in 2007 he received the "Pratt Prize" for Environmental Journalism.

Political career[edit]

In December 2008, he resigned from Channel 10 and became a Meretz candidate for the 2009 elections.[1] In party primaries, he gained the third slot on the joint list of the New Movement and Meretz. He said "My goal is to continue to do what I have been talking about over the past years, from protecting the seashore to promoting more sophisticated, nonpolluting public transportation".[2] Meretz won three seats in the elections,[3] making Horowitz the second openly gay Knesset member in Israeli history and the only openly gay member of the eighteenth Knesset.[4][5] The first, Uzi Even, also was a member of Meretz.[6] On 16 February 2009 he announced a plan to bring to the Knesset a bill that would allow marriages or civil unions between two partners regardless of their religion, ethnic background, or gender.[7] Before being sworn into the Knesset he was told to annul his Polish citizenship, which he had obtained due to his father's origins and had used as a journalist to enter countries Israelis have a hard time entering.[8]

In 2009, he announced that he would boycott all the events in Pope Benedict XVI's visit to Israel, saying that in his opinion, the pope bears a message of "rigidness, religious extremism and imperviousness. Of all the Pope's injustices, the worst is his objection to disseminating contraceptives in Third World countries. It's hard to assess how many miserable men and women in Africa, Asia and South America have contracted AIDS because of this Philistine attitude, but we are talking about many".[9] He also published a two-part opinion piece on Ynetnews explaining his position.[10]

Horowitz was re-elected to the Knesset in the January 2013 elections. In October 2013 he ran for mayor of Tel Aviv against long-time incumbent Ron Huldai. He lost, receiving 38% of the vote to Huldai's 53%.[11] In 2014, he was given the Outstanding Parliamentarian Award by the Israel Democracy Institute.[4]

He did not stand in the 2015 elections.[4]

Horowitz resides in Tel Aviv with his life partner.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Paz, Shelly (2008-12-15). "Gilon beats Gal-On in Meretz primary". Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 2008-12-15. 
  2. ^ Paz, Shelly (2008-12-18). "Meretz and Hatnua Hahadasha unveil their joint Knesset list". Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 2008-12-19. 
  3. ^ Senyor, Eli (2009-02-11). "Meretz shock: Gal-On not in Knesset". Ynetnews. Retrieved 2009-02-21. 
  4. ^ a b c "Meretz MK Nitzan Horowitz leaves politics after six years". Jerusalem Post. 31 January 2014. Retrieved 21 March 2015. 
  5. ^ Cohen, Benjamin (October 20, 2010). "Israel's only gay MP speaks out for marriage on visit to London". Pink News. Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
  6. ^ Ilan, Shahar. "The freshman". Haaretz. Retrieved 2009-02-21. 
  7. ^ "First-term Meretz MK to present bill for gay and civil marriages". Haaretz. 2009-02-17. Retrieved 2009-02-21. 
  8. ^ Ilan, Shahar. "Three dual-citizen MKs ordered to annul their foreign passports". Haaretz. Retrieved 11 April 2009. 
  9. ^ Meretz MK to boycott all pope's activities in Israel
  10. ^ Horowitz, Nitzan (2009-05-10). "Making our world worse". Ynetnews. Retrieved 2009-05-12. Horowitz, Nitzan (2009-05-11). "Disrespecting other faiths". Ynetnews. Retrieved 2009-05-12. 
  11. ^ Maltz, Judy (June 24, 2013). "Can Nitzan Horowitz become the Mideast's first gay mayor?". Haaretz. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  12. ^ Nitzan Horowitz Knesset website

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