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PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2019 8:15 am 
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Former TV news anchor set to become first Druze woman in Israel's parliament
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-wome ... SKCN1QO1MK

DALIYAT AL-KARMEL, Israel (Reuters) - With Israel’s election just over a month away, a Druze former television news anchor is poised to become the first woman from her Arabic-speaking minority to serve in the Israeli parliament.

Gadeer Mreeh, who is running for the centrist Blue and White party led by former armed forces chief Benny Gantz, is all but guaranteed a seat in the Knesset in an election system where voters choose from a list of candidates. Gantz is the main opponent of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Mreeh, a former anchor with Israel’s public broadcaster, said her life has been a series of firsts for minority women in the country.

“I was the first non-Jewish woman to anchor a Hebrew-language news broadcast,” Mreeh, 34, said from her village of Daliyat al-Karmel, a major population center for the Druze, who practise an offshoot of Islam and are one of Israel’s most integrated minorities.

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More than 140,000 Druze live in Israel, making up just under two percent of the population. Syria and Lebanon are also home to Druze communities.

In Israel, Druze men are drafted into the military, unlike members of the country’s 20 percent Arab minority, many of whom identify as Palestinian. In the outgoing parliament, 16 of its 120 members were Arab, including two non-Druze women.

Israel’s election takes place on April 9. Opinion polls predict Gantz’s party will win 35 seats, ahead of Likud with 30, but it remains unclear which party will be able to put together a governing coalition.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2019 11:54 am 
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Just to correct your title, she would not be the first Druze in the Knesset. But the first Druze woman. There have been Druze in the Knesset since early on, as well as other leadership roles (political, military, judicial) in Israel. Jabr Muadi, for example served in the Knesset, between 1951 and 1981. Arab political parties have won seats in the Knesset since the first Knesset. The first Arab woman was elected to Knesset in 1999 as part of the Meretz Party.

Oh...she comes from a great city. Be sure to visit there is you get to Israel. (not far from Haifa).


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2019 12:57 pm 
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Corrected. :mrgreen:

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