Yifat Ovadia has a long record of social and human rights activism in Israel. She cofounded the Justice Haim Cohen Centre for the Legal Protection of Human Rights and served as a member of The Administration of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel from 2007 until 2010. For many years, Yifat has provided free legal services to a number of social organisations and has served as a member of the administrative board of Tebeka – Justice and Rights for Ethiopians. In 2006, Yifat and Adva Hadar founded Olim Beyahad, which encourages leadership among Ethiopian Israeli University graduates, and she continues to serve as its Executive Director.
Our Voice of the Week is Wired’s feature-length documentary Startup Nations. With the most tech startups and venture capital per capita in the world, Israel has long been hailed as The Startup Nation. Wired’s feature-length documentary looks beyond Tel Aviv’s vibrant, liberal tech epicenter to the wider Holy Land region – the Palestinian territories, where a parallel Startup Nation story is emerging in East Jerusalem, Nazareth, Ramallah and other parts of the West Bank, as well as in the Israeli cyber-security hub of Be’er Sheva.