Pnina Tamano-Shata

Pnina Tamano-Shata (Hebrew: פְּנִינָה תְּמַנּוּ־שָׁטָה; born 1 January 1981) is an Israeli lawyer, journalist, and politician. She is currently a member of the Knesset for the Blue and White alliance, and was the first Ethiopian-born woman to hold a Knesset seat.[1]

Pnina Tamano-Shata
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Date of birth (1981-01-01) 1 January 1981 (age 39)
Place of birthWuzaba, Ethiopia
Year of aliyah1984
Knessets19, 20, 21, 22
Faction represented in Knesset
2013–2015Yesh Atid
2018–2019Yesh Atid
2019–Blue and White

Early lifeEdit

Tamano-Shata was born in Wuzaba, Ethiopia. Her family immigrated to Israel when she was three.[1] She studied law at Ono Academic College, and became Deputy Chairman of the national Ethiopian Student Association.[2]

She worked from 2007 to 2012 as a reporter for Channel 1.[3]

Political careerEdit

Prior to the 2013 Knesset elections, Tamano-Shata joined the new Yesh Atid party. Placed fourteenth on the party's list,[4] she became a Knesset member as the party won 19 seats. She was placed thirteenth on the party's list for the 2015 elections,[5] but lost her seat as the party was reduced to 11 seats.

In 2013, she wanted to donate blood, but "was told that Israelis of Ethiopian origin were not allowed to donate for fear of spreading HIV".[6]

On 9 February 2018, she returned to the Knesset as a replacement for Ya'akov Peri,[7] who had resigned following allegations that he had leaked information during a corruption investigation twenty years beforehand.[8] Prior to the April 2019 elections Yesh Atid became part of the Blue and White, with Tamano-Shata placed 24th on the alliance's list. She was re-elected as Blue and White won 35 seats.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b All the kingmaker’s men, and women Times of Israel, 23 January 2013
  2. ^ The people we help: Pnina Archived 2011-12-18 at the Wayback Machine Jewish Community Federation
  3. ^ Pnina Tamano-Shata: 1st female Ethiopian Israeli to make her way Archived 2013-02-17 at FJN, 23 January 2013
  4. ^ Yesh Atid Central Elections Committee
  5. ^ Yesh Atid list Central Elections Committee
  6. ^ Ethiopian-born Jews on life in Israel: ‘It was always my dream to come to Jerusalem’ The Washington Post, 10 July 2016
  7. ^ Exchange of personalities in the 20th Knesset Knesset
  8. ^ Yesh Atid MK Peri steps down amid misconduct allegations The Times of Israel, 7 February 2018

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