20 October 2018 - 12 Heshvan 5779 - י"ב חשון ה' אלפים תשע"ט
Israel appoints its first female Muslim diplomat E-mail

Rasha Atamny, 31, a Palestinian Arab born in Baqa al-Gharbiya town in central Israel, will serve as the embassy’s first secretary in Ankara, Turkey, the Times of Israel has reported.

She studied psychology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem before she was accepted into the three-year foreign ministry cadet course, one of only 21 candidates to make the cut.

In a blog written while she was at university, Atamny said she honed her diplomatic skills in her collegiate Model UN club. A year after joining the club, she was accepted to represent Israel at the UN in New York as a youth ambassador for three months.

She commented that her participation in the Human Rights Assembly Committee during a discussion on the violation of women’s rights was a turning point in her experience at the UN. “This time I listened to the speeches from Syria, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq and Egypt condemning Israel’s systematic violations of women’s rights while I, an Arab-Muslim woman of Palestinian origin, represent Israel at the UN General Assembly,” she wrote.

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