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Emilie Moatti

Emilie Moatti

A gifted literary new voice who’s also one of Israel’s most exciting young politicians
The Israeli Institution for Hebrew Literature

Emilie Moatti is a politician, social activist, publicist and novelist. She was born in 1980 and grew up in Netanya in a religious family of Tunisian-Jewish descent. The oldest of six siblings, she dropped out of high school to go to work. In 2003 she traveled to Paris to study at the Sorbonne. In Paris she worked as a producer and spokesperson for the Israeli Cinema Festival and joined a number of Jewish cultural forums. 

Moatti was extensively involved in two left-wing peace projects: the Geneva Initiative and the Israel Regional Initiative. Since 2014, she has been a member of the board of WePower, a feminist NGO whose goal is to integrate women into the municipal and national political spectrum. 

In March 2021 Moatti was elected to the Knesset on the Labor Party’s list.  

Moatti has written op-eds for Haaretz and appeared regularly as a political commentator on Israeli TV channels. In 2018 she published her novel Blue Marks, which won her the Ministry of Culture Prize for Debut Literature. Film rights were sold to Eran Riklis Productions Ltd. 

17. Oktober 2021
The Hof
On Writing and Politics – A Discussion with Three Authors from Israel