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Anat Saragusti (Hebrew: ענת סרגוסטי) (Born in 1953, Jerusalem, Israel, is one of the leading Israeli journalist, publicist, jurist, formerly the CEO of Agenda (Israeli Center for Strategic Communications) formerly news editor and reporter photographer and peace activist and human rights advocate. Anat is a founding member of Ta Ha'Itonayot (a group of leading Israeli women with media orientation) and Merkaz Media Nashim (Gender Media Center).

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Anat Saragusti is a descendant of the family Saragusti, originating from the Spanish city of Zaragoza (Saragossa). hers ancestors arrived at Jerusalem at the end of the 15th century following the Spanish Inquisition and the family has been residing there ever since. Saragusti was one of but a very few Jewish families that time, and on times to follow, living in Jerusalem. At the age of 17 she joined the Black Panthers Israeli movement as an activist and participated in the movement's major demonstration on August 1971. During her army service in the IDF, she took part in the 1973, Yom Kippur war. At the age of 21 she met Avraham Bardugo, then a law student and later a well known lawyer, an activist and the one who granted the Black Panthers their name. Anat and Avraham share one son.

Media activity

In 1980, following the completion of her photography studies, Anat Saragusti started working as a photographer and reporter for the weekly newspaper Ha´olam Hazeh (This world), a former leading weekly newspaper in Israel, under the editorship of Uri Avneri. There she reviewed the most significant events of the decade in Israel: The evacuation of Yamit and Southern Sinai regions as part of the Israel peace agreement with Egypt in 1981, the First Lebanese War in 1982, the First Intifada (Palestinian uprising) in 1987 and more. The First Lebanese War of 1982 was the background for Saragusti's most significant journalism achievement of the period: The first Israeli interview with Yasser Arafat, head of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), in besieged Beirut. This journalism accomplishment, shared with journalists Uri Avneri and Sarit Ishai, was one of the major milestones in the history of Israeli journalism and it re-charted the course of journalism and freedom of expression. This event is studied ever since in various journalism academies. According to Dr. Rona Sela, the historian of local photography in Israel, Saragusti is Israel's first female war photographer.

The year 1984 saw Saragusti achieving yet another journalism accomplishment as she recorded agents of the Israeli General Security Service carrying, Shin Bet the Bus 300 affair – an event that later became known as Parashat HaShabak (The Shabak Affair) – on the first page of Ha´olam Hazeh. In 1994 she joined the team that established the Israeli News Company of Channel 2, the first and leading commercial TV station in Israel. She was the first woman appointed as TV reporter for the Gaza Strip, and for certain short periods of time she was residing in Gaza. Later she fulfilled major editorship positions in the News Company, editing the main news broadcast and the weekly news broadcast named Ulpan Shishi, as well as other programs.

In 2001-2002 Anat was granted the Hubert H. Humphrey scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and she then traveled to the United States. Serving as Channel 2's reporter in Washington, she comprehensively reviewed the September 11 terror attack. That year she was also invited to participate in forums and panels exploring the global media's role in times of terror events, and was vastly accepted as a popular speaker, with her Middle East experience. Upon returning to Israel she became a senior reporter for the foreign news department and directed documentaries to the weekly news broadcast Ulpan Shishi. During the years 2007-2008 she resided in the southern town of Sderot – being within a rocket range from the Gaza strip – in order to report firsthand about life in the repeatedly bombed town. Saragusti was the first reporter to do that and her work included the production and release of a short documentary called Yoman Shderot (The Shderot Diary). Im September 2008 she released her second documentary, The Citizen Aloni, telling the story of Shulamit Aloni one of the most significant and dominant women in Israeli public life throughout recent decades. Anat's achievements as a journalism photographer have been widely presented, both locally and globally. She participated in the first biennale for photography in Ein-Harod (1986) and in other group exhibitions. The exhibition "Anat Saragusti – Photographs from Ha´olam Hazeh 1980-1993" was introduced during 2009, while in the year before, 2008, her photographs were presented at the Haifa Museum as part of the comprehensive display in honor of Israel's 60th anniversary. In June 2008 Anat was requested to lead Agenda, Israeli Center for Strategic Communications. In order to direct the media and social change activities of this non-profit organization she retired from her job at the Channel 2 News Company.

Social and Feminist Activity

As of the 1980s Anat Saragusti has been engaged in numerous social ventures, and her main areas of interest focused on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as well as women promotion and minority integration within the Israeli society. As part of her activities Anat served as the editor for feminist and social publications Interview with anat Saragusti about her feminist work . In 2005 Saragusti initiated and directed the first vocational training courses qualifying black Ethiopian youth for press jobs. Graduates of these courses, under Anat's assistance, obtained prominent positions within the Israeli media. One became a leading reporter of the Channel 2 news broadcasts, and another is currently a member of the Israeli parliament, knesset. Simultaneously, Saragusti acted for integrating Palestinian citizens of Israel within leading roles of the Israeli media and directed numerous courses qualifying Arabic youth for press jobs. Anat Saragusti is a dedicated volunteer. She has been a board member of The Association for Civil Rights in Israel (since 2006)Anat Saragusti CV on ACRI website, and is a founding member in the board of directors of Itach-Maaki – Women Lawyers for Social Justice, a non-profit organization addressing the needs and rights of poor and low-income women. It is within this framework that she initiated the project called "No Women, No Security!", based on UNSCR decision 1325. Anat was a steering committee member of the group named "International Women Commission for just and sustainable peace between Israelis and Palestinians", which was active from 2005 to 2011 for promoting women integration in decision-making centers addressing peace and peace processes, based on UNSCR decision 1325.

Promoting Women in the Media

In 2012 Anat joined a group of other women journalists to found Ta Ha'Itonayot (Women Journalist chamber) and established Merkaz Media Nashim (Gender Media Center) in Agenda-HaShdera. This chamber dedicates numerous efforts in order to change the way the journalistic coverage is conducted and promotes the representation and scope of women in the media. Saragusti, with other members of the chamber, became well known by their campaign for keeping media organizations clean of sexual harassments. Following these activities they were invited to the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, to open a discussion dedicated to the issue of sexual harassments in the media. The chamber's activities raised public awareness to the subject and encouraged a vivid and important discussion. Saragusti and other members of the chamber closely monitor TV programs and newspapers in which women are not properly integrated. She authors many an article expressing her opinions and meets men and women in senior positions in order to generate a significant change. As a result of these actions the local media bodies became well aware of the issue and even publicly report the advances they achieve. Saragusti is a well sought-after speaker regarding media, multi-cultures in the media, integrating minorities in various media channels and more. She takes part in international conferences and seminars dealing with women and security, multi-culture media and covering wars and violent international conflicts. She has a regular feature in a most popular local radio program since 2008 and serves as an interpreter for social and economic issues in various communication tools, including TV and radio programs, as well as leading websites. Saragusti is also a judge in various film festivals and in activities connected with the Israeli Film and TV Academy. She is significantly engaged in writing for several academic periodicals as well.

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