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Activist Shirley Pinto to become first deaf Knesset member

Judah Ari Gross is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

Shirley Pinto of the Yamina party will become Israel’s first deaf Knesset member, as Religious Affairs Minister Matan Kahane announces he will leave the parliament under the so-called Norwegian Law.

As next down on the party’s list, Pinto will enter the Knesset in his place.

Pinto is a long-time activist for disability-related issues, specifically those dealing with the hearing impaired, and serves as Yamina’s representative in the World Zionist Congress.

New Right heads Naftali Bennett (L) and Ayelet Shaked (R) with Knesset candidate deaf rights activist Shirley Pinto, January 8, 2019. (New Right/File)

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