Yael (Yuli) Tamir
Yael (Yuli) Tamir was born in Israel in 1954. She received a B.A. cum laude in Biology from the Hebrew University in 1978 and an M.A. in Political Science in 1985, as well as a Ph.D. in Political Philosophy from Oxford University in England (1989). She served in the IDF, completing her service with the rank of Lieutenant.
Tamir is a Professor of Political Philosophy at Tel-Aviv University and served as a Research Fellow at Princeton and Harvard universities as well as the Hartman Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem. She served as a member of the board of directors of the Jerusalem Foundation and the Israel Institute of Democracy. Prof. Tamir has authored several books as well as articles on liberalism, nationalism, feminism, and the theory of rights.
In 1978, she was one of the founders of the Peace Now movement and a member of the Women's Lobby. From 1998-1999 she served as Chairperson of the Civil Rights Organization and was active in the Israel Labor Party from 1995-1999.
Yuli Tamir served as Minister of Immigrant Absorption from August 1999 until March 2001.
Elected to the Knesset in 2003, she served as a Member of the Knesset Finance, Constitution, Law and Justice, and Education, Culture and Sports Committees, as well as on the Parliamentary Inquiry Committee for Uncovering Corruption in the Government System of Israel.
In May 2006, Yuli Tamir was appointed Minister of Education. In November 2006 she was also designated acting Minister of Science, Culture and Sports.
She is divorced and the mother of two.
Source: Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Yuli Tamir's photo is copyrighted to Dan Porges and used with his permission.