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Head of LGBT rights group joins Huldai’s party

Hila Peer, chairwoman of Aguda-The Association for LGBTQ Equality in Israel, announces she is running for Knesset and joining Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai’s new party, The Israelis.

Unlike Huldai, who retained his mayoral post, Peer says she is stepping down from her post at Aguda, a major organization pushing for LGBT rights, during the campaign.

Peer, a social activist and medic, was the vice president of the Aids Task Force and currently manages an initiative for medical clowns in hospitals.

“The [LGBT] community has received many promises over the years, but the right-wing governments, headed by Netanyahu, denied it the basic right to equality time and time again,” Huldai says. “The Israelis under my leadership will make sure the Knesset moves from talk to action.”

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