Stav Shaffir is a young Israeli who rose to prominence during the 2011 social justice protests in Israel. Then, hundreds of thousands of Jewish and Arab Israelis went to the streets to protest issues such as vast privatization of public resources, unaffordable rents, food shortages, gender inequality, religious dominance of the public sphere, and political corruption. The protests inspired Shaffir to run for Parliament.
Today, she is Israel’s youngest member of the Knesset and represents the progressive Labor Party. Shaffir also fights against what she calls scare tactics by Israel’s current right-wing government, led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. She accuses Netanyahu of scare tactics to divert citizens away from his corruption scandals and actively pursuing a two-state solution with Palestinians.
Shaffir joins Worldview to tell us that Israel’s progressive citizens and politicians work hard for a two-state solution and to fight corruption.