Tamar Zandberg

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Tamar Zandberg
Date of birth (1976-04-29) 29 April 1976 (age 41)
Place of birth Ramat Gan, Israel
Knessets 19, 20
Faction represented in Knesset
2013– Meretz

Tamar "Tami" Zandberg (Hebrew: תמר זנדברג‎, born 29 April 1976) is an Israeli politician who currently serves as a member of the Knesset for Meretz. She was previously a member of Tel Aviv-Yafo City Council.


Zandberg was born in Ramat Gan in 1976, the daughter of journalist Esther Zandberg and Yoel Zandberg and the sister of Israeli international footballer Michael Zandberg.[1] She attended Blich High school and served in the IDF in the Education Corps. She holds a Master's degree in Social Psychology from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and a Law Degree (LLB) from Tel Aviv University, and until entering the Knesset she taught at Sapir Academic College in the Management and Public Policy department. She is currently a PhD candidate in Politics and Government at Ben Gurion University, researching issues of spatial planning and human rights.

Zandberg is divorced and has a daughter. She currently lives in Tel Aviv with her partner, Uri Zaki, former executive director of B'Tselem USA, and her daughter.

Political career[edit]

She began her political career in 2003, when she started to work as a parliamentary assistant to Meretz MK Ran Cohen, a job she held until 2008. In the same year she was elected to Tel Aviv city council in second place on the Meretz list.[2] During her term on the council, she chaired the city's Women's Affairs Committee and was a member of both the Finance Committee and the Affordable Housing Committee. She was behind an initiative to introduce public transportation on Shabbat,[3] and also promoted action against the opening of strip clubs,[4] advancement of civil and same-sex marriage and the promotion of small women-run businesses.[5]

Zandberg was a main activist in the social protest movement of summer 2011, and was a member of the experts' group that introduced the movement's housing and transportation platform. During the protests, Zandberg led, along with other Meretz city council members, the withdrawal of Meretz from the council coalition, led by Mayor Ron Huldai due to violent suppression of the protests.[6] She considered herself a feminist, urban environmentalist and a social democrat. She heads the opposition 'Social Home' faction within Na'amat, Israel's leading union for working women.

Prior to the 2013 elections she was placed sixth on the Meretz list,[7] after raising the funding for her campaign through a crowdsourcing website which enabled people to donate small sums up to 1000 NIS.[8] She entered the Knesset as the party won six seats. During her first term she founded and co-chaired the Lobby for Sustainable Transportation, was involved in the founding of the Urban Renewal Lobby and headed the Israeli Beaches Sub Committee. She put forward laws on decriminalising the personal use of cannabis and paternity leave.[9][10]

She ran in the fifth slot in the 2015 election and appeared to have lost her seat when preliminary resulted indicated Meretz had only won four seats. Party leader Zehava Gal-On announced that she would resign from the Knesset and as party chairperson in order to allow Zandberg, a rising star within the party, to re-enter the Knesset as the party's fourth MK. However, Zandberg urged Gal-On to reconsider her decision and remain as the party's leader in the Knesset.[11] Once absentee and soldier ballots were counted, however, Meretz unexpectedly gained a fifth seat negating the premise for Gal-On's resignation,[12] allowing her to continue as party leader.[13]

After being re-elected, she became a member of the Internal Affairs and Environment Committee and chair of the Committee on Drug and Alcohol Abuse, as well as co-heading the Social-Environmental Lobby, the Lobby for Sustainable Transportation and heading the Lobby for Urban Renewal. She won the Green Globe Award for her work as a public servant promoting environmental and sustainable legislation.[14]


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