Nadia Hilu, first female Christian MK, dies at 61

February 27, 2015 10:11

Former Labor MK Nadia Hilu died at 61 Friday, leaving behind a husband and four daughters.

Hilu was a deputy speaker of the 17th Knesset, the first female Christian to serve in the legislature and the second female Arab.

A social worker by profession, Hilu fought against the phenomenon of "honor" killings and served as deputy chairwoman of Na'amat – Women at Work.

Hilu's funeral took place at the St. Anthony's Parish Church in Jaffa.

Zionist Union chairman Isaac Herzog called Hilu a "strong, brave, optimistic woman, active in many areas, who broke glass ceilings and barriers, for whom peace and coexistence in Israel were always her lifeblood."

"Nadia was known as a fighter for the non-Jewish sectors in the country. She bravely fought for the rights and status of women in the Arab sector and in Israel in general and was a leader who fought poverty and inequality with all her strength," Herzog added.

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