Top 50 Pro-Israel Influencers
In celebration of Israel's Independence Day, Social Lite Creative has compiled the Top 50 Pro-Israel Influencers of 2020 based on over 600 nominations from communities around the world.
This list was chosen based on the number of followers as well as the impact these individuals have on their respective communities.
The Top 50 Pro-Israel Influencers of 2020
50. ILAN SINELNIKOV
Founder and President, Students Supporting Israel
Ilan has been a long-time campus activist and leader for Israel education across campuses in the United States. SSI, a student led organization, has been one of the most influential groups in combating BDS and antisemitic activity on campus. Ilan is extremely active on social media on both Facebook and Twitter.
49. ELIZABETH SAVETSKY
Elizabeth Savetsky is the founder of the fashion and accessories blog, ExcessoriesExpert.com and her Instagram boasts over 161k followers. She spread her message of confidence through fashion by making accessorizing accessible to every woman...but she is also an outspoken zionist and advocate for Jewish rights, and is unafraid to express her support for Israel and the IDF on her platform.
48. JACKIE GOODALL
Founder, Ireland Israel Alliance
Jackie is a long-time pro-Israel voice both on social media and on the ground. In a country that is often openly hostile to zionists due to an vocal and aggressive BDS movement, Jackie is a refreshing voice of reason. She regularly produces content on Facebook and Twitter for the Ireland Israel Alliance.
47. YOSEPH HADDAD
Social Activist & CEO of Vouch For Eachother
Yoseph Haddad is an Israeli Arab activist and a disabled IDF veteran who was severely wounded in the Second Lebanon War in 2006. Today, Yoseph is a voice for Israel around the world and online to spread the truth and to fight the BDS. He founded the NGO "Vouch For Eachother" to bring the Arab society closer to the Jewish society and to be a more integrated part of the state of Israel.
46. GERALD STEINBERG
Founder, NGO Moniter
Since founding NGO Moniter, Professor Gerald Steinberg has become a force to be reckoned with for NGO's with less than transparent funding. On social media, Gerald is a leader in the field for his work calling out the bias of organizations like Amnesty International or Human Rights Watch in Israel.
45. IDO DANIEL
Director of Digital Strategy, Israel's Ministry of Strategic Affairs
Ido is the former director of Israeli Students Combating Antisemitism (ISCA), a leading initiative dealing with online racism, antisemitism and Holocaust denial. He is a long-time activist in the digital field for combating antisemitism and the BDS movement, having served as a member of the joint Israel-EU expert group on the framework decision on fighting against antisemitism, racism and xenophobia, as well as the bilateral Israel-France expert group on combating antisemitism and Holocaust denial. Today, he is the director of digital strategy at Israel's Ministry of Strategic Affairs where is he responsible for creating the award winning DigitTell network of pro-Israel activists.
44. SASKIA PANTELL
President of the Zionist Federation of Sweden & Founder of the Sweden Israel Alliance
Born in Woodstock, raised in Sweden, Saskia combines her activism by standing up against hate on a grassroots level on the ground facing nazis, alone. Combined with organizing rally’s for Israel and using her background in journalism and digital intelligence to advocate against Antisemitism online.
43. AFSHINE EMRANI
Cardiologist and Digital Activist
Dr. Afshine Emrani is a prominent cardiologist in Los Angeles, and a vocal pro-Israel voice across social media platforms for Israel and the Jewish people. With over 20k followers on Instagram and 76,000 followers on Facebook, Dr. Emrani inspires people around the world not only with his proud zionist voice, but also with uplifting positive content.
42. FLEUR HASSAN-NAHOUM
Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem
Fleur is a proud feminist and digital activist in both Hebrew and English on social media. A rising star in the digital world, she represents some of Israel's, and Jerusalem's very best. As deputy Mayor of Jerusalem, Fleur is in charge of foreign relations, international economic development and tourism.
41. ASHAGER ARERO
Founder, Bettae Center for Ethiopian Jewish Heritage
Ashager is the leading voice for the Ethiopian Jewish community in international social media circles. A proud zionist, Ashager immigrated to Israel as a baby in Operation Solomon with her family. Today, when she's not on Twitter, she's running the Bettae Center for Ethiopian Jewish Heritage, teaching Israelis and international groups about the rich Ethiopian Jewish culture.
40. JONATHAN ELKHOURY
Israeli-Lebanese speaker and human rights activist
Jonathan Nizar Elkhoury is an Israeli-Lebanese Christian speaker, human rights activist and advocate for Israel. Elkhoury founded and coordinated the ‘Minorities Project’, the first of its kind, in which Israeli minorities present their own perspective about life in the democratic Jewish state for the Reservists on Duty. He is part of the South Lebanon Army community in Israel and acts as its main speaker in the media & parliamentary committees. Since his national service in 2010, he worked and encouraged minorities in Israel to join the IDF or national service and was the spokesman for the Israeli Christian recruitment forum in its years of activity, both online and in person.
39. DAVE LANGE (ISRAELLYCOOL)
As the guy behind Israellycool, one of the world's largest pro-Israel blogs, David is know for his biting commentary, laconic humor, and proactive approach in going after antisemites online. He's also the guy behind some popular terms in pro-Israel circles, such as "BDS-hole," and "Shirley Temper."
38. JOSEPH TRUZMAN
Researcher and Digital Influencer on Middle Eastern Geopolitics
Joseph provides invaluable insight to Palestinian militant groups as a leading expert in the field. His research and translations have provided a closer, more accurate look and the regular and real-time operations of Palestinian terror groups in Gaza in a number of crisis situation. As an independent researcher, Joe can always be relied on for accurate information that's sorely lacking in the social media world today.
36. SHOSHANNA KEATS JASKOLL
Writer and Activist for Zionism and Feminism
Shoshanna is an outspoken activist, accomplished writer, and a fearless voice for both zionism and for feminism. Shoshanna is a leader in her community and a brave leader who consistently fights for equality in religious Jewish communities.
33. ADAM LEVICK
Editor, CAMERA UK
One of the most challenging battles facing Israel is the issue of media bias, and with the rise of antisemitism in the UK, especially during Corbyn's time as leader of the Labour Party, Adam Levick was one of the leaders in calling out and exposing UK media bias when it comes to Israel and Jews. With just under 10K followers on Twitter, Adam's impact is felt far beyond that in the digital sphere with his work to hold the UK media accountable for accuracy on Middle East reporting
30. YONI MICHANIE
Middle East Analyst, Social Media Activist
Yoni has quickly risen to digital stardom with his consistent updates and insightful analysis about Israel and the Middle East. Unafraid to call out antisemitism and anti-Israel bigotry, he's made major inroads in the online community in the last year alone.
28. MAJOR KEREN HAJIOFF
Head of Social Media for the Israel Defense Forces
Overseeing one of the largest pro-Israel accounts around: the Israel Defense Forces. Maj. Hajioff is known for her digital innovation in telling Israel's story and coming up with new ways to push the envelope and communicate the message of the IDF. From fighting terrorists to showing every day life in the army, her work has been seen by hundreds of millions.
27. ARSEN OSTROVSKY
International Human Rights Lawyer & Political Analyst
Arsen Ostrovsky is a leading international human rights lawyer and voice in the pro-Israel community. He has been called ‘Israel’s Digital Defender’ by the Jewish Journal, while Jewish Telegraph Agency named him one of the ‘25 Most Influential People on Jewish Twitter’. From making the case for Israel at the United Nations, to appearing on TV and fighting for the Jewish state on-line, Arsen is unapologetically Zionist and in 2018 was awarded the prestigious Nefesh B’Nefesh Bonei Zion Prize in ‘Israel Advocacy’. He currently also serves as Executive Director of The Israeli-Jewish Congress (IJC), as well as the Israel Affairs Director for the Zionist Council of NSW (ZCNSW) in Australia.
26. LIORA REZ
Social Media Influencer, Director of Stop Antisemitism
Liora is passionate about using her social media influence to further pro-Israeli and Jewish causes. She is an expert at flawlessly juggling her time between being a hands on mother, her popular "Jewish Chick” platforms, and her newest venture, StopAntisemitism.org, a watchdog group dedicated to exposing and eradicating antisemitism wherever it rears its ugly head.
25. AVI MAYER
Managing Director of Global Communications, American Jewish Committee
Born in New York and raised in Jerusalem and Maryland, Avi served in the Israel Defense Forces as a spokesman to the foreign press. He is the former international spokesperson for The Jewish Agency and Natan Sharansky, and always impresses with his funky socks.
24. AVIVA KLOMPAS
Author, Speechwriter, Assoc. VP, Israel and Global Jewish Citizenship at CJP
Fom 2013- 2015, Aviva served as the Director of Speechwriting for Israel’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations. As the chief speechwriter for Ambassador Ron Prosor, Aviva crafted highly acclaimed speeches that advanced Israel's policies and informed public opinion. She has also written a successful book about her experience during that time, Speaking For Israel. In addition to her work as a prolific writer and leading Jewish community voice, Aviva worked as a Senior Policy Advisor in the Ontario Government supporting efforts to resettle Syrian refugees across the province of Ontario. She also makes the greatest memes on Twitter.
23. ADAM MILSTEIN
Adam Milstein is an Israeli-American philanthropist, the co-found of the Israeli-American Council, and also one of the most active voices for Israel and the Jewish community on social media today. With over 150,000 followers on Twitter alone, Adam adds an important voice to the conversation and is unafraid to call out antisemitism or anti-zionist bigotry in the US or anywhere else in the world. Additionally, his efforts to empower students for stand up for Israel through various initiatives has had immeasurable impact on the Jewish community today.
22. HILLEL FULD
High tech influencer and activist
Hillel Fuld is an American Israeli technology blogger, vlogger, business advisor and international speaker. Fuld's work focuses on the Israeli high tech industry, guidance for startup companies, and marketing tips for growing a business or personal brands. Fuld's activism comes from a passion for technology that's improving and bettering the world, and an equally matched passion for Zionism and the state of Israel.
21. HEN MAZZIG
Public Speaker and Writer
Hen Mazzig is Senior Fellow at Tel Aviv Institute, Columnist for Jewish Journal, an Israeli writer and speaker who has inspired thousands around the world and named as one of Algemeiner’s top 100 people positively influencing Jewish life in 2018. He is an energetic activist and an advocate for his people, as the son of Mizrahi Jewish refugees from Iraq and North Africa, he has used his unique and important voice and recognized as one of the thought leaders in his field and as a former IDF officer serving for five years as an openly gay commander. His award-winning articles can be found in LA Times, NBC News, JTA, Jerusalem Post and many others.
19. DAVID COLLIER
David's actual social following is misleading as he is one of the most influential leaders in the digital sphere today. David's research and finds uncovering antisemitism today is truly unmatched and has empowered thousands of other activists with the facts to understand the current situation.
17. OFIR GENDELMAN
Arabic Spokesman of the Prime Minister
One of the Arabic worlds most loved (and hated) figures, Ofir Gendelman is an extremely well-known voice in Arabic for Israel. Ofir's work as the Arabic spokesman for Prime Minister Netanyahu is critical to building bridges in the Arab world, as well as communicating with the media and representing Israel's side of the issue. Ofir is an excellent communicator with a strong understanding of how to talk to the Arab world with the facts about Israel and Jews.
16. HILLEL NEUER
Executive Director, UN Watch
Neuer is a critic of the UN human rights council’s actions and an outspoken defender of Israel. He has served as executive director of UN Watch since 2004, and has written globally on law, politics and international affairs. The Tribune de Genève has described Neuer as a human rights activist who is “feared and dreaded” by the world’s dictatorships. On social media, Neuer is one of the most active and consistent sources on exposing the absolute absurdity of the United Nations today both on their anti-Israel agenda, and their sheer hypocrisy on any number of issues including women’s rights, war crimes, and other global issues.
15. JOSEPH COHEN
Founder, Israel Advocacy Movement
Joseph has countered anti-Israel bias and antisemitism for over a decade in the UK. He founded the Israel Advocacy Movement to combat anti-Israel activity and antisemitism with digital media and video. His videos are watched by millions and shared by US Presidents and Israeli Prime Ministers. In his spare time, when he isn't a handsome male model, you will usually find him caring for orphaned dolphins or making cardigans for kittens.
14. KEIR STARMER
Leader of the UK Labour Party
The newly elected UK Labour Party leader has made a splash with his election when one of his first actions was to apologize for the outrageous antisemitism of the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn. Additionally, Starmer has extended family living in Israel, and his wife's family is Jewish. Starmer stated, " I support Zionism without qualification.” While it remains to be see what UK Labour will do to amend the wrongdoings of Corbyn's antisemitism, Keir Starmer is most certainly a good start, and he has access to use his position for the betterment of UK Labour. 2020 will give him the opportunity to do the right thing and set an example in a post-Corbyn Labour Party.
13. JONATHAN SACKS
Rabbi, Member of Parliament UK
Rabbi Sacks is the former Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom and a major figure in making the case for Israel and zionism today. Through regular content both in his publications as well as through digital content, he inspires new generations of Jewish leaders in the English speaking world in particular. He is also a key voice in the UK for the Jewish community.
12. BEN SHAPIRO
Politics aside, Ben Shapiro's wit and debating skills put any anti-Israel activist to shame. A proud Jew himself, Ben has been outspoken about Zionist and Israel's absolute right to self defense. Additionally, he's utterly unafraid of taking down the controversial BDS movement, which has numerous antisemitic ties. In addition to his podcast, on social media, Ben has a massive and loyal following that is only growing by the day.
11. EINAT WILF
PhD and Former Knesset Member
Dr. Einat Wilf is a former member of Knesset from the Labor party and one of the leading voices on zionism today. Through her academic work as well as her digital presence, she is one of the best communicators in making the case for the concept of zionism today in a balanced and moderate way.
9. ELAN CARR
US Envoy for Combatting Antisemitism
An Iraqi war veteran and proud Jew who lit Hanukkah candles in Saddam Hussein's palace, Elan Carr has a long history of fearless zionism. Today, he serves as the US Envoy for combating antisemitism at a critical time in American history – when Jew hatred is rampantly rising. Carr uses his influencer around the world and online to advocate against antisemitism and demonstrate American commitment to fighting the hate rising on the far right and far left today.
8. AVICHAY ADRAEE
Arabic Spokesman of the IDF
One of Israel's most influential voices in hostile waters, Avichay Adraee is a household name in the Arab world as the Arabic spokesman of the IDF. With nearly 1.5 million followers on Facebook alone, Avichay's message and updates from the Israeli Army are heard and discussed throughout the Arab world. An audience often left behind or even considered a "lost cause," Avichay is proving them wrong and demonstrating why building bridges in the Arab world is critical to Israel's future. Avichay is one of the single most effective voices for Israel today.
7. RACHEL RILEY
Rachel Riley is an accomplished British broadcast journalist who publicly spoke out against the UK Labour Party's shameful antisemitism under Jeremy Corbyn in 2018. Instead of being listened to as a British Jew herself, she was the recipient of horrific antisemitic abuse on social media. Instead of backing down, Riley doubled down and became an advocate against antisemitism and online harassment of Jews.
6. NIKKI HALEY
Former US Ambassdor to the UN
Nikki Haley exploded on the scene when she was chosen to be the US Ambassador to the UN. With her fearless, no nonsense approach, she called out the UN for their appalling hypocrisy and obsession with Israel. Since then, Haley has continued to be an outspoken zionist and active supporter of the Jewish people online and in public events.
4. JK ROWLING
Throughout the battle against antisemitism in the UK Labour Party, JK Rowling was an outspoken critic of the blatant and disturbing bigotry demonstrated against Jews from Jeremy Corbyn and his followers. Rowling, a Labour Party supporter herself, faced immense criticism, but never backed down in standing with the Jewish community, especially on social media.
3. BARI WEISS
New York Times Columnist and Author
Bari Weiss has risen to fame as a major figure in the fight against modern antisemitism in America. An accomplished journalist, Weiss has always openly expressed pro-Zionist views in her columns and on her social media. In 2019, her book How to Fight Antisemitism was released.
2. SHERYL SANDBERG
Sheryl Sandberg is the chief operating officer of Facebook and the founder of LeanIn.Org, a organization dedicated to advancing women in the workplace around the world. She is also the first woman to serve on Facebook's board of directors, and is a proud Jew and zionist. During her 2019 visit to Israel, she stated, "“I think Israel is so important in so many ways. I think it’s important to the safety and security of the Middle East. I think it’s important to me, in my religion, as a Jewish woman. I think it has huge huge importance to other religions all over the world in such a center of spirituality. I think israel is really important to show people that innovation is possible anywhere.”
1. GAL GADOT
What would a list of influencers be without Wonder Woman herself? Gal Gadot, a proud Israeli, has taken Hollywood by storm with her role as Wonder Woman, but she has also used her tremendous influence to show the world the true Israel, and proudly talks about her home country and her service in the IDF.
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