First deaf woman to run for Knesset
She received a medal of excellence from the Commander of the Air Force, Maj. Gen. (res.) Ido Nehushtan, and the President’s Excellence Award from Shimon Peres in 2009.
Pinto graduated from the Netanya Academic College with a Bachelor’s degree in Law. She has served as a lecturer in sign language translation studies at Bar-Ilan University since 2016.
Pinto stated that she was “happy and excited” to join the new political party.
She vowed to act “with full force” on behalf of Israelis with disabilities and to “be their power in the Knesset,” with the objective of making Israel an “accessible, egalitarian and inclusive” society.
Bennett lauded Pinto as “a true social fighter” who is joining “a team of fighters for the State of Israel.”
“Shirley is making history and is breaking the glass ceiling of the deaf public in Israel” by deciding to run for a Knesset seat,” he added.