|Date of birth||27 December 1928|
|Place of birth||Tel Aviv, Mandatory Palestine|
|Date of death||24 January 2014(aged 85)|
|Place of death||Kfar Shmaryahu, Israel|
|Knessets||6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13|
|Faction represented in Knesset|
|1975–1976||Ya'ad – Civil Rights Movement|
|1974||Minister without Portfolio|
|1992–1993||Minister of Education and Culture|
|1993||Minister without Portfolio|
|1993–1996||Minister of Communications|
|1993–1996||Minister of Science and the Arts|
Shulamit Aloni (Hebrew: שולמית אלוני; 27 December 1928 – 24 January 2014) was an Israeli politician. She founded the Ratz party, was leader of the Meretz party and served as Minister of Education from 1992 to 1993. In 2000, she won the Israel Prize.
Shulamit Adler was born in Tel Aviv. Her mother was a seamstress and her father was a carpenter, both descended from Polish rabbinical families. She was sent to boarding school during World War II while her parents served in the British Army. As a youth she was a member of the socialist Zionist Hashomer Hatzair youth movement and the Palmach. During the 1948 Arab–Israeli War she was involved in military struggles for the Old City of Jerusalem and was captured by Jordanian forces. Following the establishment of the state of Israel, she worked with child refugees and helped establish a school for immigrant children. She taught school while studying law.
- Dror Aloni – later mayor of Kfar Shmaryahu and head of Herzliya Hebrew Gymnasium
- Nimrod Aloni – an education philosopher
- Udi Aloni – a film director who now resides in the United States
Aloni joined Mapai in 1959. She also worked as an attorney and hosted a radio show Outside Working Hours that dealt with human rights and women's rights. She also wrote columns for several newspapers.
She contributed the piece "Up the down escalator" to the 1984 anthology Sisterhood Is Global: The International Women's Movement Anthology, edited by Robin Morgan.
In 1965 Aloni was elected to the Knesset on the list of the Alignment, an alliance of Mapai and Ahdut HaAvoda, and subsequently founded the Israel Consumers Council, which she chaired for four years. She left the Alignment in 1973 and established the Citizens Rights Movement, which became known as Ratz. The party advocated electoral reform, separation of religion and state and human rights and won three seats in the 1973 Knesset elections. Ratz initially joined the Alignment-led government with Aloni as Minister without Portfolio but she resigned immediately in protest at the appointment of Yitzhak Rafael as Minister of Religions. Ratz briefly became Ya'ad – Civil Rights Movement when independent MK Aryeh Eliav joined the party, but returned to its original status soon after.
Throughout the 1970s Aloni attempted to create a dialogue with Palestinians in hopes of achieving a lasting peace settlement. During the 1982 Lebanon War she established the International Center for Peace in the Middle East. In the run-up to the 1984 elections, Ratz aligned with Peace Now and the Left Camp of Israel to increase its size in the Knesset to five seats. In 1992, she led Ratz into an alliance with Shinui and Mapam to form the new Meretz party, which won 12 seats under her leadership in the elections that year. Aloni became Minister of Education under Yitzhak Rabin but was forced to resign after a year due to her outspoken statements on matters of religion. As Education Minister, she also criticized organized tours by Israeli high school pupils to Holocaust concentration camps on grounds that such visits were turning Israeli youth into aggressive, nationalistic xenophobes, claiming that students "march with unfurled flags, as if they've come to conquer Poland". She was reappointed Minister of Communications and Science and Culture and served until 1996 when she retired from party politics.
Aloni was a board member of Yesh Din, an organisation focusing on human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories. She defended U.S. President Jimmy Carter's use of the word "apartheid" in the title of his book, Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid. Later, Aloni said, "I hate to cover up things that should be open to the sun."
Views and opinions
In a 2002 interview with American journalist Amy Goodman, Aloni said that charges of antisemitism are "a trick we use" to suppress criticism of Israel coming from within the United States, for criticism coming from Europe "we bring up the Holocaust."
Awards and recognition
- In 1998, Aloni received a special lifetime award of the Emil Grunzweig Human Rights Award by the Association for Civil Rights in Israel.
- In 2000, she received the Israel Prize, for her lifetime achievements and special contribution to society and the State of Israel.
- Democracy in Shackles (Demokratia be'azikim), Am Oved (Hebrew)
- Shulamit Aloni Jewish Virtual Library; accessed January 25, 2014.
- "Table of Contents: Sisterhood is global :". Catalog.vsc.edu. Retrieved 2015-10-15.
- Yaron Druckman (24 January 2014). "Former minister Shulamit Aloni dies at the age of 85". Ynetnews. Retrieved 27 January 2014.
- "Shulamit Aloni, former minister and staunch civil rights supporter, dies at 85". Haaretz. 24 January 2014. Retrieved 27 January 2014.
- Tom Hundley (9 May 1993). "2 Views Of A Horror". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 27 January 2014.
- Shulamit Aloni (8 January 2007). "Yes, There is Apartheid in Israel". Counterpunch. Retrieved 27 January 2014.
- Aloni on the use of charges of anti-semitism to suppress criticism of Israel, democracynow.org; 14 August 2002; accessed 25 January 2014.
- "List of recipients of the Emil Grunzweig Human Rights Award on the Association of Human Rights in Israel website" (in Hebrew). Retrieved 20 June 2010.
- "Israel Prize Official Site (in Hebrew)".
- "Israel Prize Official Site (in Hebrew) – Judges' Rationale for Grant to Recipient".
- Yair Sheleg (23 November 2008). "The road to perdition". Haaretz. Retrieved 27 January 2014.
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- Shulamit Aloni on the Knesset website