David Livschitz

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David Livschitz
Date of birth12 May 1897
Place of birthRussian Empire
Year of aliyah1938
Date of death30 October 1973 (aged 76)
Knessets1, 2, 3
Faction represented in Knesset
1953–1954Faction independent of Ahdut HaAvoda

David Livschitz (Hebrew: דָּוִד לִיבְשִׁיץ‎, born 12 May 1897, died 30 October 1973) was a Russia-born Israeli politician who served as a member of the Knesset for Mapam, the Faction independent of Ahdut HaAvoda and Mapai between 1951 and 1959.


Born in the Russian Empire, Livschitz was a member of the Dror and HeHalutz youth movements in Poland. In 1925, he joined the World Union of Poale Zion and Socialist Zionists. Between 1927 and 1937 he was a leader of Poale Zion in France, and was also editor of the party's publications.

In 1938, he made aliyah to Mandatory Palestine, where he became secretary of Mapai in Tel Aviv. In 1944, he joined the party's B Faction, and in 1948 joined Mapam, having been a member of the Assembly of Representatives. He narrowly missed out on being elected to the first Knesset on the Mapam list in 1949, but entered the Knesset as a replacement for Yitzhak Tabenkin on 12 April 1951.[1]

He retained his seat in the July 1951 elections, but on 20 January 1953, he and Hannah Lamdan broke away from the party to form the Faction independent of Ahdut HaAvoda (several other Mapam MKs had broken away to re-establish Ahdut HaAvoda).[2] On 13 January 1954 Livschitz and Lamdan joined Mapai.[2]

Livschitz was re-elected in 1955, but lost his seat in the 1959 elections. He died on 30 October 1973.


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