Aharon Abuhatzira

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Aharon Abuhatzira
Date of birth (1938-10-28) 28 October 1938 (age 75)
Place of birth Morocco
Year of aliyah 1949
Knessets 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Party represented in Knesset
1977–1981 National Religious Party
1981–1988 Tami
1988–1992 Likud
Ministerial roles
1977–1981 Minister of Religions
1981–1982 Minister of Immigrant Absorption
1981–1982 Minister of Labor and Social Welfare

Aharon Abuhatzira (Hebrew: אהרן אבוחצירא‎, born 28 October 1938) is a former Israeli politician. A former mayor of Ramla, he held several ministerial portfolios in the late 1970s and early 1980s, but resigned from the cabinet after being convicted of larceny, breach of trust and fraud.[1]

Life and politics[edit]

Born in the Tafilalt region of Morocco in 1938, Abuhatzira made aliyah to Israel in 1949. He was educated at the Bnei Akiva yeshiva in Kfar Haroeh, before graduating from a Teachers' Seminary in Jerusalem and receiving a BA from Bar-Ilan University. He went on to work as a high school teacher.

He was elected to Ramla city council in 1969 and in 1972 became its mayor. He was elected to the Knesset in 1977 on the National Religious Party's list, and was appointed Minister of Religions in Menachem Begin's government.

In June 1980 Israel Police began investigating claims that Abuhatzira had received 52,500 shekels from religious institutions in 1978 and 1979 for giving funds to non-existent yeshivas.[2] Although he denied the allegations, stating that they were "provocation and a libel", in December 1980 Attorney General Yitzhak Zamir requested that the Knesset lift Abuhatzira's parliamentary immunity so that he could be charged with bribery.[2]

On 13 January 1981 the Knesset plenum agreed to remove his parliamentary immunity.[3] In protest, Abuhatzira left the NRP and formed his own party, Tami. The party won three seats in the 1981 elections and was included in Begin's new government. Despite the legal case, Abuhatzira was appointed both Minister of Immigrant Absorption and Minister of Labor and Social Welfare. However, after being found guilty on 19 April 1982, he resigned from the cabinet on 30 April, after which fellow Tami MK Aharon Uzan took over his portfolios. He was sentenced to a suspended sentence of four years and three months; thirty months for larceny, eighteen months for breach of trust and fraud by an administrator, and three months for breach of trust by a public servant.[1]

Despite his conviction, Abuhatzira was re-elected in the 1984 elections, though Tami won just a single seat. Towards the end of the Knesset term he merged the party into Likud, and in the 1988 elections, won a seat on the Likud list, but failed to retain it in the 1992 vote.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b American Jewish Yearbook 1984 p66
  2. ^ a b Unholy Ministry Time, 15 December 1980
  3. ^ The Ninth Knesset Knesset website

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