David Bar-Rav-Hai

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David Bar-Rav-Hai
Date of birth 11 July 1894
Place of birth Nizhyn, Russian Empire
Year of aliyah 1924
Date of death 5 July 1977(1977-07-05) (aged 82)
Knessets 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Faction represented in Knesset
1949–1955 Mapai
1956–1965 Mapai

David Bar-Rav-Hai (Hebrew: דוד בר-רב-האי‎, born David Borovoi on 11 July 1894, died 5 July 1977) was an Israeli politician who served as a member of the Knesset for Mapai from 1949 until 1955, and again from 1956 until 1965.

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Born in Nizhyn in the Russian Empire (today in Ukraine), Bar-Rav-Hai joined the Zionist Students Organization in Odessa. In 1911, he moved to Germany, but returned to Russia in 1918 and joined the Young Zion movement, becoming secretary of the Jewish community in Odessa, until the Soviet authorities closed it down in 1920. Afterwards he joined the Zionist underground, and was arrested in 1922. He was sentenced to two years in prison, but was released after 15 months and expelled from the country. In 1924, he made aliyah to Mandatory Palestine, where he joined Hapoel Hatzair. He also became a member of the workers councils in Haifa and Jerusalem, and was sent to Poland and Romania as an emissary.

Between 1932 and 1948, he was a member of the Jewish National Council, after which he was an alternate member of the Provisional State Council, and chaired the committee to draw up the rules for the country's first elections in 1949. In the elections he won a seat on the Mapai list. He was re-elected in 1951, but lost his seat in the 1955 elections. However, he re-entered the Knesset on 24 October 1956 as a replacement for Senetta Yoseftal.[1] He was re-elected in 1959 and 1961, but lost his seat in 1965.

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