Israel 2019 Elections: Meet the LGBTQ Candidates

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CANDIDATES
BLUE AND WHITE PARTY

Eitan Ginzburg
Position on list: 32

Last year, Eitan Ginzburg made history by being Israel’s first openly gay mayor, serving the city of Ra’anana. After losing a reelection bid, he was tapped to join the new Blue and White Party.

“If I can change the vision of one LGBT boy or one LGBT girl so that they feel good about themselves and see that there are no limits to their personal development, despite their sexual orientation,  I will feel that I have done a lot.” – Eitan Ginzburg

Idan Roll
Position on list: 34

Idan Roll is the head of Yesh Atid’s LGBTQ branch. He’s well-known as a former model, activist, and the partner of celebrity Israeli pop singer, Harel Skaat.

“We all have the right to live in an egalitarian and liberal society. The right to choose how to live our lives. But in order to achieve a better future we need to wake up politically.” – Idan Roll

Yorai Lahav Hertzano
Position on list: 35

Yorai Lahav-Herzano served as Chair of the Young Yesh Atid party and is a blogger for The Times of Israel.

“I’m going to act to erase inequality! In legislation: guarantees the right to recognition of couples and the right to parenthood, as well as budgets, with an emphasis on youth and veteran populations.” – Yorai Lahav Hertzano

Zehorit Sorek
Position on list: 44

Zehorit Sorek is the founder of the Pride Minyan group for religious LGBTQ Israelis, and an active member of Bat Kol, our grantee that advances visibility and community for religious queer women. She served for five years as the head of Yesh Atid’s LGBTQ branch.

“I am here to build bridges between the LGBTQ and religious communities.” – Zehorit Sorek

CANDIDATE
LABOR PARTY (HA AVODAH)

Itzik Shmuli
Position on list: 3

Currently a member of the Knesset, Itzik Shmuli publicly came out as gay in 2015 in solidarity with the LGBTQ community after the horrific stabbings at Jerusalem’s LGBTQ Pride Parade.

“I want to be a father and I can not be a father. To do this, I have to go to a foreign country overseas, pay $140,000 and to hope it’s all be ok. We are good enough to serve the country in the army, but not to be parents. It is a discriminatory and painful situation.” – Itzik Shmuli

CANDIDATES
LIKUD PARTY

Amir Ohana
Position on list: 19

Amir Ohana is the first openly gay right-wing member of the Knesset and the first openly gay man from Likud to serve in the Knesset.

“Surrogacy, civil marriage, adoption – the answer to all of these is only one. Yes!” – Amir Ohana 

Heidi Moses
Position on list: 51

Heidi Moses, an outspoken feminist, is the daughter of Rabbi Menachem Eliezer Moses, an ultra-Orthodox Israeli politician who currently serves as Minister of Education.  Heidi left the religious world for a secular life, after feeling that there wasn’t a place for her in the ultra-Orthodox world.

“Women didn’t come to the world just to serve someone, they are here in their own right. I know I’m going to fight for all women.”  – Heidi Moses

CANDIDATES
MERETZ PARTY

Avi Buskila  
Position on list: 8

Formerly the Executive Director for the non-profit activist organization Peace Now, Avi Buskila stepped down from this position to run with the Meretz party.  As a Mizrachi Moroccan from Israel’s periphery, he is outspoken about diversifying Israel’s political landscape.

“Most people in the center support the community, but to be gay, lesbian or transgender in the periphery [of Israel] is difficult. These are the places where our political parties should be more significant.” – Avi Buskila

Anat Nir
Position on list: 14

Anat Nir is an outspoken advocate for the LGBTQ and women’s communities. She was a former board member of the Aguda and is a queer cultural events organizer in Tel Aviv for major events like the Lethal Lesbian Film Festival.

“Meretz has been the leading party of human rights and LGBT rights in Israel and the ally of the LGBTQ community when it was still not such a mainstream idea to promote gay rights. I am running to be the first woman out of the closet in the Knesset.” – Anat Nir

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