Orit Strook

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Orit Strook
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Date of birth (1960-03-15) 15 March 1960 (age 54)
Place of birth Israel
Knessets 19
Faction represented in Knesset
2013– The Jewish Home

Orit Malka Strook or Struk[1][2] (Hebrew: אורית מלכה סטרוק‎, born 15 March 1960) is an Israeli politician and Member of the Knesset for the right-wing[3][4][5][6] party The Jewish Home. Strook is also among the leaders of the Jewish settlement in Hebron, and she established the Israeli non-governmental organization Human Rights Organization of Judea and Samaria which she headed between 2004 to 2012.[7]

Biography[edit]

Strook was born to a family of lawyers from Jerusalem. Her middle name was given to her in memory of her grandmother, whom was the prominent Hungarian Jewish poet Mária Kecskeméti.

Growing up, Strook studied at the Hebrew University Secondary School. In the late 1970s, while she was in the 11th grade, Strook gradually became more religious and eventually became a Baalat Teshuvah, embracing Orthodox Judaism. During that period she began studying at the religious Zionist[8] outreach organization and yeshiva "Meir Institute". Shortly thereafter she married the son of Israeli Orthodox Rabbi and politician Rabbi Haim Drukman. The young couple briefly lived together in the Israeli settlement Yamit located at the northern part of the Sinai Peninsula, yet after Sinai was handed over to Egypt in 1982 as part of the terms of the 1979 Egypt–Israel Peace Treaty. Yamit was evacuated as well, and then Strook and her family joined the Jewish community in Hebron.

After the Cave of the Patriarchs was closed for Jewish prayer following the Cave of the Patriarchs massacre in 1994, Strook was elected as the head of the "Women's Committee for the Cave" (ועד נשים למען המערה), and worked to convince the political system to reopen the cave for Jewish visitors.[9]

Since 2000 she has headed the legal-political department of the Jewish community in Hebron.

In 2002 Strook founded the Human Rights Organization of Judea and Samaria following the Israeli evacuation of Israeli settlers Livnat Ozeri and her five children from Hill 26 near Kiryat Arba.[9] and has since headed the organization voluntarily. As part of her involvement in the organization she filed various complaints in the Israeli Police Investigations Department (מח"ש), along with various lawsuits against police officers who unlawfully attacked protesters during the protests against Israel's unilateral disengagement plan and during the evacuation of Amona. During the 2006 Israeli legislative elections Strook was positioned at the 13th place in the joint list of the National Union party and the National Religious Party.

In 2007 Strook's son Zvi was convicted of abusing a Palestinian boy and killing a young goat, and as a result was sentenced to 30 months in prison. In response to the ruling Strook stated that "Unlike the Court, who preferred to believe the Arab witnesses, we are sure of Zvi's innocence, and are hurting from the success of his haters and would assist him to deal with the difficult sentence imposed on him".[10][11]

During her tenure in the 18th Knesset she was the chairman of the Land of Israel lobby in the Knesset, which fought against the moratorium on settlement construction in the West Bank and promoted the establishment of the Committee for state construction in Judea and Samaria which was headed by former Israeli Supreme Court justice Edmund Levy. The lobby also promoted Israel's official recognition of the Cave of the Patriarchs and Rachel's Tomb as national heritage sites and managed to promote the enactment of the anti-boycott law Law for Prevention of Damage to State of Israel through Boycott (Hebrew: חוק למניעת פגיעה במדינת ישראל באמצעות חרם, התשע"א-2011‏).

In the 2013 Israeli legislative elections Strook was elected to the Knesset for the The Jewish Home.[1]

As of 2013, Strook is a resident of Avraham Avinu (Hebron), an Israeli settlement in the West Bank. She has 11 children and 12 grandchildren.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Sales, Ben (29 January 2013). "The New Faces Of The 19th Knesset". The Jewish Week. JTA. Retrieved 30 November 2014. 
  2. ^ Also spelled "Strouk".
  3. ^ Ruth Pollard (10 January 2013). "Far right spells danger for Netanyahu". The Age. Retrieved 19 January 2013. 
  4. ^ Brent E. Sasley (18 January 2013). "A Centrist Government in Israel?". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 19 January 2013. 
  5. ^ Nick Meo (19 January 2013). "Israel's new political star Naftali Bennett's Jewish Home party determined to stop Palestinian state". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 19 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "21 Knesset seats still up for grabs". Ynet. January 13, 2013. Retrieved January 19, 2013. 
  7. ^ חה"כ אורית סטרוק
  8. ^ Machon Meir. The Hasghama Department. World Zionist Organization
  9. ^ a b מהמטבח אל המטבחון - בגליון השבוע - ערוץ 7
  10. ^ עונשו של מתנחל שהתעלל בפלסטיני הוארך בשנה - משפט ופלילים - הארץ
  11. ^ ביהמ"ש העליון החמיר בעונשו של צבי סטרוק - משפט ופלילים - חדשות - ערוץ 7

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