No Israelis on Forbes List of The Middle East’s Most Influential Women

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Forbes has released their list of The Middle East’s Most Influential Women. Can you guess which Middle East country does not have even one representative on the list? (hat tip: Dovid)

Yup, you guessed it (although I guess the title of this post was a spoiler!). Here’s the full list.



Note how Australia, UK, Malaysia and India are included, despite not being part of the Middle East.

And “Palestine” has representatives (#48 and #79), a woman in the banking and financial services industry, as well as one in education. As if Israel does not have many such women who are even more influential.

In fact, a list of the 50 most influential Israeli women was published by Forbes Israel just last year. Any of these women deserve to be on this new list.

I guess you could argue women in the other Middle Eastern countries/areas have it so much worse than Israeli women, so their achievements are greater. Or that what Forbes meant was Most Influential Muslim Women. But as it stands, this list does not seem kosher.

Update: It gets worse. The “palestinian” inclusion Farah Foustok is about as palestinian as pizza.

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