Shlomo Lavi

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Shlomo Lavi
Shlomo Lavi.jpg
Date of birth 1882
Place of birth Płońsk, Russian Empire
Year of aliyah 1905
Date of death 23 July 1963
Knessets 1, 2
Faction represented in Knesset
1949–1955 Mapai

Shlomo Lavi (Hebrew: שלמה לביא‎, born Shlomo Levkovich in 1882, died 23 July 1963) was a Zionist activist and politician.

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Born in Płońsk in the Russian Empire (today in Poland), Lavi received a religious education. In 1905 he made aliyah to Ottoman-controlled Palestine. In the same year he attended the founding convention of Hapoel Hatzair. He was later involved in the establishment of Hashomer, the Jewish defence organisation. He worked as an agricultural laborer, helping drain swamps.[1]

In 1920 he was amongst the founders of the Histadrut trade union. The following year he helped establish kibbutz Ein Harod. He joined Ahdut HaAvoda, and later Mapai. A member of the Haganah, during World War II he joined the British Army at the age of 60. In 1949 he was elected to the first Knesset on the party's list. He was re-elected in 1951, but lost his seat in the 1955 elections.

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