Hagit Ofran
Researcher and Activist
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Public action is much more important, and in terms of democracy, even more powerful than legal means. The public is supposed to scream and the government should be afraid of that happening. That’s really what we’re trying to do.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Lives in: Jerusalem Was born in: Jerusalem Year of birth: 1975 Identity: Jewish, Israeli Citizen Type of work: Grassroots Political Mobilization Research and Development Website: Peace Now Works at Peace Now Interviewer Leora Gal and Irene Nasser Date of Interview 2010

Born in Jerusalem and raised in a politically-minded, Orthodox family, Hagit Ofran avidly studied and was concerned with the history and identity of the Israeli and Jewish people. Today, she is the Director of Peace Now’s Settlement Watch team, where she coordinates the most comprehensive independent database on settlements, collects and publishes reports regarding settlement development and policy and has been involved in providing evidence for several appeals, the majority of which deal with illegal settlement and outpost construction.