First deaf MP sworn in in Knesset, 13 new MPs join Parliament – –

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Yamina’s Shirley Pinto was sworn in as a member of the Knesset on Wednesday morning, becoming the first deaf member of the Israeli parliament.

Pinto’s party leader Prime Minister Naftali Bennett insisted on attending Pinto’s swearing-in. It was immediately adopted by many deputies after taking the oath.

“This is one of the most exciting times for me personally and for the State of Israel,” Bennett said. “Shirley proves by her actions that anything is possible. “

She will be assisted by a sign language interpreter in the Knesset. A flashing light system will be installed in her office to alert her to vote, as she does not hear the voting alarms.

A strong advocate for the empowerment of people with disabilities, Pinto has cultivated a successful career supporting people with disabilities in general and deaf people in particular.

As the daughter of two deaf parents and the wife of a deaf husband, Pinto saw first-hand the barriers to accessibility for those who rely on sign language. She has been a lecturer in the Bar-Ilan University Sign Language Interpreting Program and volunteered as a councilor for the Municipality of Ramat Gan on disability issues.

“I promise to do everything to be your faithful messenger,” Pinto tweeted.

The Ruderman Family Foundation, where Shirley previously worked, congratulated her on becoming an MP.

“We are delighted to see Shirley Pinto step into the halls of power and be a force for positive change,” said Jay Ruderman, president of the foundation. “I am convinced that she will be a strong voice for the inclusion and accessibility of people with disabilities. I congratulate Yamina and the new government for warmly welcoming her. Shirley will join [Energy Minister] Karin Elharrar, the Prime Minister of Israel with a Disability. I know that Shirley and Karin will work to improve the inclusion of 20% of the Israeli population, people with disabilities. ”

Pinto replaced Minister of Religious Services Matan Kahana, who resigned in accordance with Norwegian law.

The law allows ministers to resign their seats in the Knesset to allow the next candidates on their party list to take their places. Any minister who subsequently leaves the cabinet automatically becomes a Member of Parliament again and displaces the person to whom he has ceded his place.

In Blue and White, Aliyah and Integration Minister Pnina Tamano-Shata, Science and Technology Minister Orit Farkash-Hacohen and Culture and Sports Minister Chile Tropper resigned their seats at the Knesset. They were replaced by Mofid Mari, a Druze activist and former mayor of Hurfeish, a Druze village in the Upper Galilee; Cape Town bred former MP Ruth Wasserman Lande and veteran environmentalist Alon Tal.

In Meretz, Minister of Health Nitzan Horowitz and Minister of Environmental Protection Tamar Zandberg have resigned. They were replaced by former MP Michal Rozin and former Tel Aviv city councilor Gaby Lasky, a controversial human rights lawyer who often represents Palestinians in cases against the IDF.

In New Hope, Communications Minister Yoaz Hendel and Construction and Housing Minister Ze’ev Elkin resigned in favor of former MP Zvi Hauser and Eilat Mayor Meir Yitzhak Halevy, who is the first MP in having lived all his life in Eilat. (Former MP Shaul Mofaz was raised there).

In Yesh Atid, Minister of Economy Orna Barbivay and Minister of Tourism Yoel Razvozov have resigned. They were replaced by Tania Mazarsky, deputy mayor and director of the medical centers of the health services of Leumit in Karmiel, and by the municipal councilor of Beersheba Yasmin Sax Fridman, whom the head of Yesh Atid, Yair Lapid, called representatives. authentic from the periphery.

Yisrael Beytenu ministers Avigdor Liberman, Oded Forer and Hamed Amar left the Knesset on Monday morning. Their replacements are the director of the School of Government at Tel Aviv University, Yossi Shein, lawyer Limor Magen Telem and Elina Bardach-Yalov.

At Labor, Public Security Minister Omer Barlev will resign next week. Haifa City Councilor Naama Lazimi will take her place in the Knesset.

Likud MP Galit Distal Atbaryan told the plenary after the swearing-in that Norwegian law wastes public funds.

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