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After a stormy meeting of the Haifa city council on Tuesday, May 4, Hadash activist Shahira Shalabi has become the first ever Arab-Palestinian woman to serve as a deputy mayor in Israel. Haifa’s Mayor, Einat Kalisch-Rotem, supported the election of Shalabi. Shahira Shalabi (left), the new deputy mayor of Haifa, and Mayor Einat Kalisch-Rotem exhibit solidarity after a stormy city council meeting on Tuesday, May 4, 2021. (Photo: Haifa Municipality) In the November 2018 Haifa municipal elections, the Arab-Jewish list of Hadash was led by journalist Raja Za’atry, head of media for the Arab High Follow-up Committee. Shalabi, a social worker and feminist activist and Dr. Ornat Turin, a lecturer, researcher and activist in the Teachers’ Union, won two seats in the Local Council for Hadash. The coalition agreement between Hadash and Mayor Kalisch-Rotem stipulated that Shalabi would be appointed Deputy Mayor during the second half of the term. In the agreement,…

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Haifa Hadash Activist Becomes 1st Ever Arab-Woman Deputy Mayor