Homebound No Longer
Stand for Israel | April 9, 2019
As millions of Israelis not only took the day off of work and school to exercise their right to vote in the Middle East’s only democracy, one Israeli woman left the house for the first time in a decade and a half. Ynet News’ Attila Somfalvi tells us about Zina Bar-Ness, an 86-year-old woman who had been homebound for the past 15 years, but who got out to help decide her beloved Jewish state’s future:
Zina Bar-Ness, aged 86, has been unable to leave her home in Bat Yam, just south of Tel Aviv, for the past 15 years, due to a medical condition. But on Tuesday she was determined to get past the front door so that she could vote.
Leading up to Election Day, Bar-Ness decided she must make an effort to vote. She began practicing the route from her home to the polling station so that on Tuesday she could exercise her democratic right.
Bar-Ness is mum on who she intended to vote for, but is happy to explain why she is so anxious to make the effort…
“I have grandchildren, I have children,” she says. “We deserve it even after so many years … I wish there would be peace, that’s what I wish for our country.”