Avraham Elmalih

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Avraham Elmalih
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Date of birth 1885
Place of birth Jerusalem, Ottoman Empire
Date of death 2 April 1967
Knessets 1
Faction represented in Knesset
1949–1951 Sephardim & Oriental Communities

Avraham Elmalih (Hebrew: אברהם אלמליח‎‎ ;1885[1] – 2 April 1967) was a journalist, Zionist activist and Israeli politician.


Born in Jerusalem, Elmalih was educated in a yeshiva and an alliance school before studying at the Archeological Institute, before working as a teacher in his home city, Istanbul, Jaffa and Damascus. In 1914 he established the Herut newspaper, editing it until 1919. During World War I he was exiled to Damascus.

In 1920 he was elected to the Assembly of Representatives for Histadrut HaSephardim, and the following year joined the Jewish National Council. In 1921 he became a member of the editorial board of the Doar Hayom newspaper, serving until 1932, and in 1928 published a book, The Land of Israel and Syria during WWI. In 1935 he became a member of Jerusalem city council.

Following Israeli independence, he was elected to the first Knesset in 1949 on the Sephardim and Oriental Communities. He lost his seat in the 1951 elections.


  1. ^ Encyclopaedia Judaica, 1971 Edition, Volume 6, page 682.

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