Baruch Osnia

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Baruch Osnia
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Date of birth19 September 1905
Place of birthPinsk, Russian Empire
Year of aliyah1933
Date of death6 July 1994(1994-07-06) (aged 88)
Knessets1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Faction represented in Knesset
1951–1965Mapai
1965–1968Alignment
1968–1969Labor Party
1969Alignment

Baruch Osnia (Hebrew: ברוך אזניה‎, born Baruch Eisenstadt on 19 September 1905, died 6 July 1994) was an Israeli politician who served as a member of the Knesset between 1951 and 1969.

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Born in Pinsk in the Russian Empire (now in Belarus). His parents were Samuel Eisenstadt and Zipora Finfelstein. Osnia was educated at a heder and a high school in Danzig (now Gdańsk), before studying at the University of Königsberg. He returned to Danzig to work as a lawyer, and was a member of Habonim. In 1929 he became secretary of the central committee of the German branch of Poale Zion.

In 1933 he made aliyah to Mandatory Palestine and taught in a kibbutz high school. He was on the Mapai list for the 1949 elections, but did not win a seat. However, he entered the Knesset on 12 February 1951 as a replacement for Abba Hushi,[1] who had resigned. He retained his seat in the July 1951 elections, and was re-elected in 1955, 1959, 1961 and 1965, by which time Mapai had formed the Alignment alliance. He lost his seat in the 1969 elections.

He died in 1994.

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