Israel as an Inclusion and Integration Society
Israel is one of the most inclusive countries. People with disabilities make it to the highest achievements, positions, and rankings in all fields. In this panel, we can see some examples of athletes, soldiers, and politicians with disabilities who show that everything is possible.
Rower Moran Samuel is an Israeli Paralympic athlete. She suffered a spinal stroke and became paralyzed in her lower body. Moran won Israel’s fourth medal at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games
Photo credit: Lilach Weiss photo
A guy with Down Syndrome works in the production line of a factory
photo credit: Employment center for people with disabilities at Rekhasim, Israel
Karine Elharrar-Hartstein is an Israeli lawyer and politician who currently serves as the Minister of National Infrastructures, Energy and Water Resources. She has muscular dystrophyand uses a wheelchair.
Photo credit: TheMarker
Integration of kids with disabilities in an ordinary school
At the end of a beret ceremony in Zikim base, Colonel Shlomi Bin Yair, commander of the Jerusalem District of the Home Front Command, salutes Geffen Baumel, soldier with CP from "Special in Uniform" JNF-USA program.
To date, Special in Uniform has integrated 800 youths with disabilities in 60 Israeli military bases
Photo credit: Special in uniform
Shirly Pinto is an Israeli Deaf social-political activist, currently serving as Member of the Knesset (the Israeli parliament) for Yamina party. After the pledge at the Knesset plenum, Israel’s Prime Minister, Naftali Bennet, asked MK Pinto how to mark “good luck” (literally “successfully” in Hebrew) in the sign language. Both are seen in the picture (almost) marking “good luck” successfully.
Photo credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90