Negist Mengesha

Bidding For History

01/24/2003
Staff Writer
Jerusalem: Negist Mengesha's first venture in Israeli politics ended poorly. She ran in the 1994 Knesset elections on the slate of a small women's party, none of whose candidates were elected. Next week, Mengesha is a candidate again, No.15 on the slate of the Meretz party. If elected, she will become the first Ethiopian Jewish woman to serve in the Knesset. "I am not only a symbol" of one immigrant group's progress in Israeli society, she says. "My intention is to win."
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