Shoshana Arbeli-Almozlino

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Shoshana Arbeli-Almozlino
Date of birth (1926-01-26) 26 January 1926 (age 88)
Place of birth Mosul, Iraq
Year of aliyah 1947
Knessets 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Party represented in Knesset
1965-1968 Alignment
1968-1969 Labor Party
1969–1991 Alignment
1991-1992 Labor Party
Ministerial roles
1986–1988 Minister of Health

Shoshana Arbeli-Almozlino (Hebrew: שושנה ארבלי-אלמוזלינו‎, born 26 January 1926) is a former Israeli politician who served as Minister of Health between 1986 and 1988.

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Born in Mosul in Iraq, Arbeli-Almozlino, sister of Zabari Benjamin, studied to be a teacher before making aliyah to Mandate Palestine in 1947. In 1948 she joined Ahdut HaAvoda and became a member of the secretariat of the party's Ramat Gan/Giv'atayim branch. Between 1952 and 1957 she worked as co-ordinator of the women's department of the Ramat Gan Labour Bureau, before serving as co-ordinator of the youth section from 1957 until 1959.[1]

Between 1959 and 1966 she was a member of the secretariat of workers councils, and chaired its department of training and employment. She was also later a member of the Histadrut council and the council of the Na'amat women's organisation.

She missed out on election to the Knesset on the Alignment's list in 1965 (the Alignment being an alliance of Ahdut HaAvoda and Mapai), but entered the parliament in January 1966 after two Alignment MKs (Moshe Carmel and Haim Gvati resigned their seats). She was re-elected in 1969, 1973, 1977, 1981 and 1984. In September 1984 she was appointed Deputy Minister of Health. In the government formed in October 1986 she became Minister of Health, serving until the 1988 elections, in which she retained her seat, but lost her place in the cabinet. She lost her seat in the 1992 elections after 26 years in the Knesset.

Shoshana currently suffers from Alzheimer's Disease and lives in Israel.

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