(March 8, 2019 / JNS) Israel could elect its first female Druze member during next month’s election.
TV anchor Gadeer Mreeh, who is running on the Blue and White Party headed by former Israel Defense Forces’ Chief of Staff Benny Gantz and Yesh Atid Party leader Yair Lapid, also a former journalist, is all but assured a seat in the next Knesset when Israelis go to the polls on April 9.
“I was the first non-Jewish woman to anchor a Hebrew-language news broadcast,” Mreeh, 34, told Reuters.
She recounted to the outlet that climbing the career ladder was anything but smooth.
“I remember one day a religious [community] member approached my parents and said it is not appropriate to work in this field as a Druze woman,” she said.
More than 140,000 Druze live in Israel.