Ilan Gilon

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Ilan Gilon
Ilan Gilon1.jpg
Date of birth (1956-05-12) 12 May 1956 (age 58)
Place of birth Romania
Knessets 15, 18, 19
Faction represented in Knesset
1999–2003 Meretz
2009– Meretz

Ilan Gilon (Hebrew: אִילָן גִּילְאוֹן; born 12 May 1956) is an Israeli politician who currently serves as a member of the Knesset for Meretz.


Born in Moldova, Romania, son of Abraham Goldstein. Gilon suffered from polio at the age of seven months, leaving him with a leg disability. He made aliyah to Israel and studied international relations and political science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, but did not complete his studies. During his youth, he chaired the Mapam youth group.

Public Activity[edit]

From 1986 he served as the chair men of Mapam youth, and than at 1995 the first Meretz Youth coordinator.

Between 1993 and 1999 he served as deputy mayor of Ashdod, in which he was responsible of the Ministry of Education in the city hall.

15th Knesset[edit]

For the 1999 Knesset elections he was placed eighth on the Meretz list,[1] and entered then Knesset when the party won 10 seats. Gilon devoted most of his activity in the 15th Knesset to social affairs, as part of his ideology, which he calls "Orthopedic Socialism". According to that, he took place in the committees of Economy, Interior and Environmental affairs, Child's Rights, Labor, Welfare and Health and also the special committee to the problem of Foreign Workers.

Gilon passed over 15 laws and amendment of laws; The amendment to the social insurance law which improves the handicapped's rights, and a law that requires paying waiters the minimum wage, regardless of tips. Gilon's major law during that term was the expansion of the Handicapped rights law, and adding the chapter that involves making structures accessible to handicappeds - an expansion that ended in the 16th Knesset, which gilon was not a member of.

Gilon was the only MK of Meretz who voted against Ehud Barak's Government budget, stating it is "Anti-Social in a most profound way". As a response to Ehud Barak's call after the publication of the Poverty Report, to "Open the refrigerators", Gilon said "For those sorts statements you need a refrigerators technician, not a Prime Minister".

For the 2003 elections he was placed seventh on the Meretz list,[2] but lost his seat when the party was reduced to six MKs. He was placed eighth on the party's list for the 2006 elections,[3] but missed out on a seat as the party was reduced to five MKs.

Between the his two terms in the Knesset, Ilan owned a restaurant called "Beit Ha'am" (Hebrew: "בית העם") in which the waiters wore shirts of Israeli youth movements.

18th Knesset[edit]

Prior to the 2009 elections he won second place on the Meretz list,[4] and returned to the Knesset when the party won three seats. Gilon Serves as head of Meretz faction in the Knesset. At the end of the winter seat of the Knesset, on the 21st of March 2012, Gilon was placed as one of the 5 top legislators of social laws, accordind to the Social Guard index.

In February 2012 Gilon ran in the elections to being head of Meretz, and reached the second place out of three (37.7%) opposing MK Zehava Gal-On who won the majority of the votes (60%), and Ori Ophir who won 2.8% of the votes.


In the 15th Knesset[edit]

  • Equal Rights for People with Disabilities-1998
  • Land Law (fix number 23)-2001: A fix that defines who is a handicapped person in the Land Law according to the Handicapped Rights Law which was legislated in 1998.
  • Employment Services Law (fix number 12)-2002: A fix which adds a disabilities section in the according law. "The minister, in negotiations with the Handicapped Rights commission and with organizations who deal with promoting the rights of handicapped people and with approval of the Knesset's Work, Welfare and Health comity, will determine rules and plans according to integration and promotion of people with disabilities in work places.
  • Freedom of Information Law (fix number 3, A subsidiary of Municipal Corporation)-2002

In the 18th Knesset[edit]

  • Patients' Rights Law (fix number 4)-2010
  • Handicap Parking Law (fix number 5)-2012: A parking inspector would be obligated to document the parking offence of the handicapped person's car as a proof
  • Equal Rights for People with Disabilities (fix number 9)-2010: Postponing the date the obligation of accessibility
  • Retirement Age Law (fix number 3)-2011: Cancellation of the retirement age raising for women
  • Tax Ordinance Amendment Law Municipality and Government Taxes (fix number 21)-2012: An exemption from paying general property tax or fee to daily frameworks which provide employment, training or rehabilitation to mentally disabled who turned 18 and were sent to by the Health ministry, like places of worship, Mikveh, Cemeteries, recognized educational institution, day care center, shelter for battered women, Care center for children at risk and in distress, Structure held by a youth movement and Zionist religious seminary fot Judaism and Israel Studies


  1. ^ Parties and Lists The Jerusalem Post
  2. ^ Candidates for the 16th Knesset Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  3. ^ List of Candidates: Meretz Knesset website
  4. ^ Meretz primaries: Ilan Gilon takes top spot Ynetnews, 15 December 2008

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