Berl Repetur

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Berl Repetur
Raptor berl.jpg
Date of birth 1902
Place of birth Ruzhyn, Russian Empire
Year of aliyah 1920
Date of death 23 March 1989
Knessets 1
Faction represented in Knesset
1949–1951 Mapam
Berl Repetur (right) and David Remez, 1948

Berl Repetur (Hebrew: ברל רפטור‎‎, 1902 – 23 March 1989) was a Zionist activist, Israeli politician and one of the signatories of the Israeli declaration of independence.[1]

Biography[edit]

Born in Ruzhyn in the Russian Empire (today in Ukraine), Repetur was educated in a heder, and was a member of the Dror and HeHalutz youth movements. During the pogroms he helped to organize Jewish defense groups.

In 1920, Repetur immigrated to Mandatory Palestine and joined Ahdut HaAvoda and the Haganah in Haifa. In 1922 he became a member of the Haifa Workers Council secretariat. In 1927, he was appointed secretary of the Labour exchange of the Histadrut labor federation. He also served as head of the Solel Boneh construction company.

In 1935 and 1939 Repetur was a delegate to the Zionist Congress, and was sent on missions to Germany and Poland.

In 1944 he was amongst the "B faction" that split from Mapai and later formed Mapam together with Ahdut HaAvoda and Poale Zion. Two years later he was arrested by the British Authorities during Operation Agatha and imprisoned in Rafah.

In 1948 Repetur joined the pre-state legislature, Moetzet HaAm (later the Provisional State Council), and was amongst the signatories of Israel's declaration of independence. He was elected to the first Knesset in 1949 on Mapam's list, but lost his seat in the 1951 elections.

Repetur died in 1989. His wife, Sonia, was a founder of kibbutz Yagur and an aunt of politician Yossi Sarid.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Declaration of Independence Jewish Virtual Library

Bibliography[edit]

  • Without Let Up (1973) Autobiography

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