SOMEONE TO HELP

BY SETH J. FRANTZMAN  AUGUST 10, 2017 19:02 jpost.com When Islamic State targeted Yazidis for genocide in 2014, Israelis such as Lisa Miara, Idan Barir and Ksenia Svetlova stepped forward to raise awareness and say ‘never again’.  ‘We in Israel are so sensitive and must be so sensitive to ‘never again’ but what does it mean…

Kurdish land shouldn’t be treated as enemy territory, Knesset bill proposes

timesofisrael.com As MKs line up to declare support for Kurdistan, one lawmaker seeks to facilitate contact between Kurds and Israelis By Dov Lieber 30 November 2017 Dov Lieber is The Times of Israel’s Arab affairs correspondent. A picture taken on October 21, 2017, shows a man holding an Israeli flag alongside the flag of Iraqi…

CATALONIA VS SPAIN: DEMOCRACY TESTED

  BY KSENIA SVETLOVA  OCTOBER 4, 2017 The state doesn’t exist independently of its people. The state is the people, who can demand more rights, more power and even secession. jpost.com Students in Catalonia march in support of the region’s independence, September 2017. (photo credit:JON NAZCA/ REUTERS) Anyone who wants to understand the essence of last…

LOOKING FOR A NEW EQUATION IN GAZA

BY KSENIA SVETLOVA  JUNE 7, 2017 21:46 jpost.com Israel and the world should think outside the box  A WOMAN looks out a window in the Gaza Strip. (photo credit:REUTERS) A few days into the new regional disarray, the Americans, as well as the Kuwaitis and Omanis, are already looking for solution that will allow the re-creation…

Middle East. Personally. Yours.

Ksenia Svetlova, Contributor Member of Israeli Knesset, expert on the Middle East To date, the region’s prospects are not promising. huffingtonpost.com 05/24/2017 01:55 am ET Updated May 25, 2017 GETTY IMAGES Trump in Saudi Arabia with king Salman   The United States President, Donald Trump, was all smiles as he strode down the red carpet in Al-Riyadh,…

ARABIC’S FUTURE AS AN OFFICIAL LANGUAGE IN ISRAEL AT RISK, LEGISLATORS WARN

BY BEN LYNFIELD JULY 12, 2017 01:54 Arab Mks say that should a bill proposing to eliminate Arabic’s official status in the country pass, it will be a “nakba of our language.”  A road sign in English, Hebrew, and Arabic points to the Israeli settlement of Susiya. (photo credit:AFP PHOTO) Elimination of Arabic’s status as an…

Middle East. Personally. Yours.

Ksenia Svetlova, ContributorMember of Israeli Knesset, expert on the Middle East http://www.huffingtonpost.com/author/ksenia-svetlova 05/24/2017 01:55 am ET | Updated 26 minutes ago GETTY IMAGESTrump in Saudi Arabia with king Salman The United States President, Donald Trump, was all smiles as he strode down the red carpet in Al-Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. He clearly enjoyed…

CALLS MOUNT FOR PROBE INTO UMM AL-HIRAN OPERATION

Jerusalem Post BY BEN LYNFIELD 24 JANUARY 2017 05:09 MK Ksenia Svetlova (Zionist Union) said the Post report and other reports emerging about the incident appear to show that the scene of the police operation was a “complete mess.”    Police in Umm-al-Hiran. (photo credit: Courtesy) Eyewitness accounts published in The Jerusalem Post in which residents…

Insights from an Israeli Member of Knesset – A Frank Discussion with MK Ksenia Svetlova

04.07.2016     “Israel has strayed from the route” Ksenia Svetlova. Photo Twitter “I am a product of this country,” 38-year-old Knesset member Ksenia Svetlova exclaims proudly, “I have been living here for 25 years.” A Russian-born immigrant to Israel, she studied Middle Eastern History at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and went on to become a respected Arab…