TSEGA MELAKU (Hebrew : צֶגָה מֶלָקוּ; born 1968) is an
Israeli author, journalist and community activist. She is the former
* 1 Early life and education * 2 Career * 3 Publications * 4 References
EARLY LIFE AND EDUCATION
Melaku left her family in her native
Bar Ilan University
In 2008, when she was appointed to the position as director of the
radio station Reshet Alef in 2008, she became the first woman and the
first Ethiopian immigrant to hold that role. She described her goals
for the station as breaking down "the elitist approach to culture in
this country and make sure that everyone can get his say, not just
those who are from
She is a community activist in Israel's Ethiopian community. She was
active in protests against
Magen David Adom
Melaku works on behalf of several nonprofit organizations that promote higher education for Ethiopian immigrants.
When he announced her candidacy for the Knesset,
Moshe Kahlon , the
After Melaku's candidacy was announced, Judge Salim Joubran , Chairman of the Central Election Committee, ruled that as a former broadcaster for the Reshet Aleph radio, Melaku would be disqualified from candidacy in the upcoming elections because she did not complete the 100-day "cooling-off" period since leaving her broadcasting job. The party disagreed with the decision, noting that her position as a manager was not a senior appointment and that the hiatus regulation should therefore not apply.
In February 2016 the Israeli Justice Ministry announced that the Israeli government had formed a new interministerial task force to examine racism against Ethiopian-Israelis. The purpose is to create effective tools and methods to combat discrimination. There are three sub-teams within the task force and Melaku will lead the one focused on raising public awareness of racism and enhancing the visibility of Ethiopian-Israelis in the public sphere.
Melaku is the author of the book Not in Our School, which documents the racism she faced in her effort to have her children attend a better school.
* ^ Tamar Pileggi, "Ethiopian-born Tsega Melaku joins Kahlon’s party", Times of Israel, 12 January 2015. * ^ Len Lyons, The Ethiopian Jews of Israel, Woodstock, VT, USA: Jewish Lights Publishing, 2007, pp. 221–224. * ^ A B Roi Mandel, "Ethiopian born Tsega Melaku disqualified from running on Kahlon\'s list", YNET, 26 January 2015. * ^ A B Niv Elis, "Kahlon to enlist Ethiopian Israeli Tsega Melaku for Koolanu", The Jerusalem Post, 11 January 2015. * ^ "Radio Days", Jewish Agency for Israel, 31 December 2008. * ^ Board of Directors, Keren Hanan Aynor , 12 January 2015. * ^ "Q