Zalman Shragai

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Shlomo Zalman Shragai (Hebrew: זלמן שרגאי‎, 1899–1995) was an Israeli politician and Jerusalem's first elected mayor.

Shragai was born into a Polish Orthodox Jewish family in Gorzkowice in 1899. He then became active in the religious Zionist movement and settled in Palestine in 1924,[1] already playing an important political role before Israel's founding in 1948. In 1950, he was elected mayor of Jerusalem, a position he held for two years.[2] He then became the head of immigration of the Jewish Agency for Palestine. This was a time of extensive immigration to Israel from Muslim countries, so he often went on clandestine trips to these countries to obtain the release of the Jews living there.


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