Gaby Lasky

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Gaby Lasky
גבי לסקי
Born
Mexico City
CitizenshipIsrael
OccupationHuman rights attorney

Gavriela "Gaby" Schutz Lasky (in Hebrew: גבריאלה "גבי" שוץ לסקי; born in 1966) is an Israeli attorney, feminist human rights activist, and political and social activist. She was a member of the Tel Aviv city council between 2013 and 2018, representing Meretz, and was the secretary general of the Israeli peace organization Peace Now. As an human rights attorney, Lasky documents and responds to cases of torture, false imprisonment, and police brutality within Israel, Gaza, and the West Bank.

Biography[edit]

Lasky was born in 1966, in Mexico City, Mexico. She immigrated to Israel at the age of 15, on her own, and went to a residential school run by the Youth Aliyah movement. Her family followed later on.[1][2]

She studied at the College of Management, University of Tel Aviv, and Northwestern University.

She is a partner in the law firm she founded, "Gaby Lasky & Associates", which specializes in freedom of speech and the right to protest.[3] She has handled many high-profile cases, including those of conscientious objectors refusing to enlist for compulsory military service,[4] whistleblowers,[5] and Palestinian civilians arrested by Israeli security forces,[6][7][8] and has argued some of their cases before Israel's Supreme Court.[9] She represented Yonatan Polk from the anti-occupation organization Anarchists Against the Wall, the Gush Shalom faction in the legal fight against the Israeli anti-BDS law, political activists from the women's organization Machsom Watch (or Checkpoint Watch, an organization monitoring Israeli checkpoints controlling movement of Palestinian civilians), human rights organization B'Tselem, Dareen Tatour - a Palestinian poet prosecuted by Israel and imprisoned for nearly three years for publishing a poem on Facebook,[10] as well as Ahed Tamimi - a teen-aged Palestinian activist imprisoned by Israel for slapping an armed soldier who entered her yard.[11] Lasky is legal adviser to protest and social change organizations, including the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel[9] and Breaking the Silence[2], and was formerly the chairperson of the Human Rights Legislation Committee of the Israeli Bar Association.

Lasky is a feminist political and social activist, and a member of Meretz political party.[5] She served for five years as a Tel Aviv city council member and ran for the Knesset (Israel's parliament) once before, and is standing for election in the upcoming April 2019 elections.[12] She was Secretary General of Peace Now in the early 2000s. Lasky initiated the adoption of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 regarding inclusion of women in key decision-making roles as a Tel Aviv municipal law. She is chairperson of the municipal commission for the advancement of the status of women and gender equality, and is an advisor to the mayor on sustainability and urbanism.[1]

In 2012, Lasky was awarded the Emil Greenzweig Human Rights Award by the Association for Civil Rights in Israel.[1] In the award announcement, the reason stated included: ""Lasky is a central pillar for activists in Israel and the occupied territories, who works tirelessly to protect their rights, often without any compensation... In her public activity and impressive actions, Lasky sends a clear message to Israeli society: The struggle to ensure human and civil rights in Israel, and especially to guarantee the rights of the weakest and most vulnerable among us, is still underway."[13]

Lasky is also part of Havaya, an organization dedicated to organizing Jewish marriage ceremonies outside the mandatory Orthodox framework of Israel.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c אריק בנדר (February 5, 2019). "הכר את המועמדת: גבי לסקי נלחמת בקו הראשון על זכויות האדם בישראל". Ma'ariv (in Hebrew). Retrieved March 14, 2019.
  2. ^ a b אורן זיו (February 6, 2019). ""אני מתמודדת כדי להביא את המאבק בכיבוש לכנסת"". שיחה מקומית (in Hebrew). Retrieved March 14, 2019.
  3. ^ "GABY LASKY & PARTNERS - LAW OFFICES". Dun's Guide. Retrieved March 14, 2019.
  4. ^ "סרבנות גיוס לצה"ל מטעמי מצפון - עתירה לקיום דיון נוסף". פסקדין - אתר המשפט הישראלי (in Hebrew). November 16, 2004. Retrieved March 14, 2019.
  5. ^ a b ירון טן-ברינק (February 1, 2019). "הלוחמת: גבי לסקי ממרצ לא מוכנה להיות ילדה טובה". Time Out Tel Aviv (in Hebrew). Retrieved March 14, 2019.
  6. ^ Marom, Yael (March 14, 2018). "Military court sends leading Palestinian nonviolent activist to prison". +972 Magazine. Retrieved March 14, 2019.
  7. ^ Matar, Haggai (May 26, 2016). "Israeli tribunal upholds ban on British human rights activist". +972 Magazine. Retrieved March 14, 2019.
  8. ^ Salisbury-Corech, Michael (December 7, 2015). "Palestinian teen jailed for six days on trumped up charges". +972 Magazine. Retrieved March 14, 2019.
  9. ^ a b "Gaby Lasky". Palestine: Information with Provenance. Retrieved March 14, 2014.
  10. ^ Haifawi, Yoav (February 22, 2018). "A bizarre end to the trial of Palestinian poet Dareen Tatour". +972 Magazine. Retrieved March 14, 2019.
  11. ^ Ziv, Oren (January 17, 2018). "Military court: Ahed Tamimi and her mom to remain in prison". +972 Magazine. Retrieved March 14, 2019.
  12. ^ a b "GABY LASKY, JUDÍA MEXICANA, BUSCA UN ESCAÑO EN LA KNÉSET". ENLACE JUDÍO. January 10, 2019. Retrieved March 14, 2019.
  13. ^ רוני פלי. "עו"ד גבי לסקי". The Emile Zola Chair for Human Rights (in Hebrew). Retrieved March 14, 2019.

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