Yana Knopova
"I had always been active in minorities' struggles for rights. In the Ukraine it was the Jewish minority. Now it's the minority that's changed, not me; the current minority is the Palestinians."


Lives in: Haifa Was born in: Donets'k, Ukraine Year of birth: 1981 Identity: Israeli, Jewish Type of work: Grassroots Political Mobilization Website: Coalition of Women For Peace Works at Coalition of Women For Peace Interviewer Nahanni Rous and Leora Gal Date of Interview 2005

Yana Knopova immigrated to Israel from the Ukraine in 1996 through a Jewish youth program. She is the coordinator of Coalition of Women for Peace, an umbrella organization for nine Israel-based women's organizations working to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and emphasizing the importance of women in building peace. Through the Russian-speaking sector and organizations such as Ahoti [my sister], the Coalition also empowers women in Israel's minority social groups to work for peace and justice.

Online articles

Light Among the Ruins, September 5, 2006
By Conn Hallinan, Foreign Policy in Focus