Meir Avizohar

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Meir Avizohar
Date of birth 27 September 1923
Place of birth Jerusalem, Mandatory Palestine
Date of death 31 August 2008(2008-08-31) (aged 84)
Knessets 7
Faction represented in Knesset
1969–1972 National List
1972–1973 Independent
1973–1974 Alignment

Dr Meir Avizohar (Hebrew: מאיר אביזוהר‎, born 27 September 1923, died 31 August 2008) was an Israeli politician who served as a member of the Knesset between 1969 and 1974.

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Born in Jerusalem during the Mandate era, Avizohar studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and London School of Economics, earning a PhD. He was a member of the HaMahanot HaOlim youth movement and kibbutz Hamadia, and joined Mapai in 1944.

In 1950 he was amongst the founders of Eilat. Between 1952 and 1953 he was director of the Negev and Arava department of the Ministry of Development. In 1961 he became a member of the editorial board at Davar, on which he remained until 1965. In the same year he left Mapai and joined David Ben-Gurion's new Rafi party. When Ben-Gurion left Rafi to establish the National List, Avizohar followed, and was elected to the Knesset on the new party's list in the 1969 elections. On 24 April 1972 he left the National List, sitting as an Independent until joining the Alignment on 17 July 1973.[1] He lost his seat in the 1973 elections.

In 1970 he started lecturing at Tel Aviv University, becoming a senior lecturer at Bar-Ilan University in 1979. He died in 2008 at the age of 84.

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