Aryeh Gur'el

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Aryeh Gur'el
6th Mayor of Haifa
In office
Preceded by Yeruham Zeisel
Succeeded by Amram Mitzna
Personal details
Born (1918-11-20)20 November 1918
Warsaw, Poland
Died 28 October 2007(2007-10-28) (aged 88)
Haifa, Israel
Political party Israeli Labor Party
Religion Jewish

Aryeh Gur'el (Hebrew: אריה גוראל‎‎, born 20 November 1918, died 28 October 2007)[1] was mayor of Haifa from 1978 to 1993. He was affiliated with the Israeli Labor Party.

Gur'el was born in Warsaw, Poland, to parents Moshe and Tzila, and made aliyah in 1935. After arriving in Mandate Palestine, he joined the Haganah. After the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, he studied electrical engineering and worked in the establishment of telephone networks. From 1959 to 1968, he worked as a radio technician in the Haifa area and in northern Israel. Starting in 1968, he served as the General Director of the Ministry of Labour for ten years.

In 1978, Gur'el was elected mayor of Haifa, and was instrumental in establishing the cable car, as well as the promenade in the Bat Galim neighborhood. Also during his time in office, air purification stations were established, and the pedestrian mall on Nordau Street and the Louis Promenade in Merkaz HaCarmel were also built. His reign as mayor of Haifa is remembered by the numerous promenade streets and the funicular.

Gur'el published a number of articles on the topic of the absorption of electromagnetic rays from above the horizon.


Further reading[edit]

  • Sarah and Meir Aharoni (1993), The people and the events of Haifa and the surrounding area