Chair of ISGAP Natan Sharansky
Natan Sharansky was born in Donetsk, Ukraine. He was a spokesman for the human rights movement, and a leader in the struggle for the right of Soviet Jews to immigrate to Israel. Mr. Sharansky was arrested on trumped up charges of treason and espionage. He was convicted in a Soviet court and served nine years in the Gulag. Mr. Sharansky was finally released in 1986. In the 1990's, he established the Yisrael B'Aliyah party and served in four successive Israeli governments, as Minister and Deputy Prime Minister. In 2018 he received the highest Israeli award - the Israel Prize. Sharansky is the recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1986 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2006. He is the only living non-American citizen who is the recipient of these two highest American awards. 2009-2018 Natan Sharansky served as Chairman of the Executive of the Jewish Agency for Israel. After retirement from the Jewish Agency, he continues to serve as Chairman of the Shlihut Institute, which he founded. Mr. Sharansky is also the author of four books: - Fear No Evil - The Case for Democracy - Defending Identity - Never Alone: Prison, Politics and My People.