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 Fortnight is Deputy Editor Samuel Nurding speaking with Anders Persson, senior lecturer at Linnaeus University and author of the new book, ‘EU Diplomacy and the Israeli-Arab Conflict, 1967-2019‘ (Edinburgh University press, 2020). The two discuss the EU’s role in the conflict over the last 50 years, the impact of the UAE and Bahrain peace deals on EU policy toward the conflict, and how the EU has contributed to the development of Israel.