Merav Michaeli

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Merav Michaeli
Merav Michaeli by Ron Kedmi.jpg
Date of birth (1966-11-24) 24 November 1966 (age 52)
Place of birthPetah Tikva, Israel
Knessets19, 20
Faction represented in Knesset
2013–2015Labor Party
2015–2019Zionist Union
2019Labor Party

Merav Michaeli (Hebrew: מירב מיכאלי; born 24 November 1966) is a former Israeli Knesset member and journalist, TV anchor, radio broadcaster and activist.

Merav Michaeli was born in Petah Tikva.[1] She is the granddaughter of Rudolf Kastner.[2]

MK Michaeli is chair of the Caucus for Female Knesset Members, and a member of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.[1] Prior to entering politics, Michaeli was known as one of Israel's most prominent journalists and an opinion columnist for Haaretz newspaper.[3]

Michaeli has taught university classes and lectured extensively on the topics of feminism, media, and communications. A longtime advocate for women's and minority rights, she is known for her ability to consistently challenge conventional views and positions.

In September 2012, Michaeli spoke at TEDxJaffa on the theme of "paradigm shift", in which she argued for society to "cancel marriage".[4] In October 2012, she announced that she was joining the Labor Party, and intended to run for inclusion on Labor's list for the 2013 general election.[5] On November 29 Michaeli won fifth place on the Labor Party's roster[6] and was elected to the Knesset when Labor won 15 seats.[7]

In preparation for the 2015 general election the Labor and Hatnuah parties merged to form the Zionist Union. Michaeli won the 9th slot on the new party's list, and was elected to the Knesset when Zionist Union won 24 seats.[8][9]

Her partner is the television producer, host and comedian Lior Schleien.[3]


  1. ^ a b "MK Michaeli in Israeli Parliament website". The Israeli Knesset. Knesset.
  2. ^ 'My grandfather did the inconceivable - negotiated with Nazis - to save Jews, Jerusalem Post, 2 May 2016
  3. ^ a b Meet Merav Michaeli, the fiery feminist of Israel’s government, New York Times, December 23, 2015
  4. ^ "Cancel Marriage: Merav Michaeli at TEDxJaffa". YouTube. TEDx Talks. Retrieved November 10, 2012.
  5. ^ Lis, Jonathan. "Merav Michaeli to Vie for Spot on Labor's Election List". Haaretz. Retrieved October 31, 2012.
  6. ^ Azulay, Moran. "Herzog wins Labor primaries; Merav Michaeli 5th on party list". Ynetnews. Retrieved November 30, 2012.
  7. ^ "Final Israel Election Results: Kadima's in Knesset, Habayit Hayehudi Gets 12 Seats". Haaretz. 2013. Retrieved 2018-10-23.
  8. ^ "Women win big as Yachimovich, Shaffir top Labor primary vote". The Times of Israel. Retrieved 2018-10-30.
  9. ^ "All 120 incoming Knesset members". The Times of Israel. Retrieved 2018-10-30.

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