Dvora Netzer

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Dvora Netzer
Date of birth 1 May 1897
Place of birth Mena, Russian Empire
Year of aliyah 1925
Date of death 4 January 1989 (aged 91)
Knessets 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Faction represented in Knesset
1949–1965 Mapai
1965–1968 Alignment
1968–1969 Labor Party
1969 Alignment
Netzer's tomb alongside her husband's.

Dvora Netzer (Hebrew: דבורה נצר‎, born Dvora Nosovistzky on 1 May 1897, died 4 January 1989) was an Israeli politician who served as a member of the Knesset for Mapai, the Labor Party and the Alignment between 1949 and 1969.


Born in Mena in the Russian Empire (today in Ukraine), Netzer was a member of HeHalutz and Youth of Zion youth movements, and later joined the Zionist Socialist Workers Party.

In 1925 she made aliyah to Mandatory Palestine, where she worked as a teacher, becoming headmistress of a school for working youths, a job she held between 1925 and 1949.[1] In 1933 she founded the Working Mothers Organisation in Tel Aviv, serving as its secretary until 1967.[1] She was also a member of the Na'amat central committee and the Women Workers Council.[1]

A member of Ahdut HaAvoda and later Mapai, she was a member of Mapai's central committee. In 1949 she was elected to the first Knesset on the party's list. She was re-elected in 1951, 1955, 1959, 1961 and 1965. She retired from political life during the 1969 elections.

Between 1965 and 1969 she served as a Deputy Speaker of the Knesset.[2] In this position, in November 1968 Netzer was formally selected as Acting Speaker of the Knesset and de facto served as Acting President of the State for a period of five days (17–21 November).[3]

Netzer died in 1989 and was buried in the Trumpeldor Cemetery in Tel Aviv. She had two children: Colonel Moshe Netzer and Prof. Rina Shapiro.


  1. ^ a b c Devorah Netzer: Public Activities Knesset website
  2. ^ Devorah Netzer: Knesset Activities Knesset website
  3. ^ Shavit Ben-Arie, Havrot HaKnesset, 2011 (Hebrew)

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