Strock

Strock
Orit Strock

Orit Strock lives in Hebron, and served in Migdal Haemek; she is married to Avraham, is the mother of 11 children and a grandmother.

 

Prominent roles:

  • Chairman of the Religious Zionist Faction; founder and head of the Caucus for Eretz-Israel
  • Served as an MK in 2013, 2015 and 2021.
  • Head of the Political Department of the Jewish community in Hebron
  • Founder of the Human Rights Organization of Judea and Samaria
  • Member of the Constitution , Law and Justice;  Finance;  and  Foreign Affairs and Defense Committees.
  • Legislator of the Basic Law: Referendum

Orit Strock began her public activities in 1995, as a member of the Women's Committee for the Cave of the Patriarchs. She later served as head of the legal-political division of the Jewish community in Hebron. In 1998, she exposed,  as part of a special investigation, the "special and secret procedures for enforcing the law on the settlers of Judea and Samaria," and in 2002 she established the Human Rights Organization of Judea and Samaria,  which works to protect Judea, Samaria and Gaza settlers as well as right-wing activists in the battle against disengagement.

During the 18th Knesset, Orit established and managed the Caucus for Eretz-Israel (headed by MKs Zeev Elkin and Aryeh Eldad), which fought against the freeze in construction of the settlements; transformed the government's approach to "evacuation or legitimization of outposts;" and promoted the establishment of a committee to examine construction in Judea and Samaria. The caucus promoted the naming of the Cave of the Patriarchs and Rachel's Tomb as national heritage sites and helped enact a law to prevent damage to Israel as a result of boycotts.

Orit Struck was first sworn in as an MK following elections to the 19th Knesset. She served as a member of the Constitution, Law and Justice; Finance; and  Foreign Affairs and Defense Committees,  and co-chaired the Caucus for Eretz-Israel with MK Yariv Levin. Orit advanced comparative  legislation for Judea and Samaria for the first time, through the comparison of  working women's rights on both sides of the Green Line. A,s a result a thorough examination was conducted by the government in this area and a series of orders were formulated. In addition, Orit continued to deal with human rights issues, and as part of her activities in the Constitution Committee, she collaborated with MKs from the left on issues of police violence and the rights of demonstrators; detainees and prisoners. Orit legislated laws pertaining to human rights, and together with MK Ayelet Shaked and MK Yariv Levin, also legislated the Basic Law: Referendum.

In the 21st, 22nd and 23rd Knessets, Orit continued to lead the Caucus for Eretz-Israel (chaired by Bezalel Smotrich and Haim Katz). The caucus focused on the regulation of new settlements  (including the proposal for a vote that only at the last minute was taken off the agenda) and issues pertaining to C areas  (resulting in a series of discussions in the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee).

Following elections to the 24th Knesset, Orit served again as an MK after placing fifth on the Religious Zionism Party list.  She chairs the faction as well as the Caucus for Eretz-Israel, and is an active member of the Education; Labor and Welfare; Public Security; and Foreign Affairs and Defense Committees.  The Caucus for Eretz-Israel, led by her (in collaboration with MK Yoav Kisch of the Likud), works to control the damage of Bedouin regulation in the Negev and the law to llegitimize illegal Arab construction (the "Electricity Law"), strengthen Jewish residents and governance in mixed cities, the Negev and the Galilee; strengthen Jewish settlements in all parts of the country (Harish, Hiran, Mevoot Arad, individual farms and more);  regulate new settlements in Judea and Samaria; preserve archeological sites in Judea and Samaria; and engage the government in preventing Palestinian control over Judea and Samaria land. Orit is called on regularly by residents of Lod, Ramleh, the Shimon Hatzadik neighborhood in Jerusalem, and other mixed towns, to help improve the interface with the police and solve problems. In the field of education, Orit deals with curriculum, drop-out, youth at risk, youth movements and more, in collaboration with MK’s from different parties.  In the field of strengthening the Torah, Orit is leading the struggle of the wives of yeshiva students against the government's plan to empty the Batei Midrash by cancelling the subsidies for day care centers, in addition to the struggle to increase government support for religious schools.

Orit Strםck was born in Jerusalem to Yehuda and Esti Cohen, traditional Jews and left-wingers. She attended L’Yada – The Hebrew University Secondary School; in grade 11 she became religious and began studying at Gesher and Machon Meir. The rest is history.

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