Yisrael Guri

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Yisrael Guri
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Date of birth 1893
Place of birth Hirişeni, Bessarabia Governorate, Russian Empire
Year of aliyah 1919
Date of death 17 September 1965
Knessets 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Faction represented in Knesset
1949–1965 Mapai

Yisrael Guri (Hebrew: ישראל גורי‎‎, born Yisrael Gurfinkel in 1893, died 17 September 1965) was an Israeli politician who served as a member of the Knesset for Mapai between 1949 and 1965.


Born in Hirişeni, Bessarabia Governorate, Russian Empire (in present-day Moldova), Guri was educated in a heder and a high school in Chişinău, where he was a member of Tzeiri Zion, before attending the University of Odessa. In Odessa he became secretary of the local branch of the Jewish National Fund and of the Urban Zionist Committee.

He made aliyah to Palestine in 1919, and was a member of Hapoel Hatzair. Between 1922 and 1931 he was a member of Tel Aviv Workers Council. He served as a member of the Assembly of Representatives, and was secretary of the Central Controller Committee of the Histadrut trade union. In 1929 he became a member of Tel Aviv City Council, a role he retained until 1950, and in 1935 became a member of its Cultural Department.[1]

In 1949 he was elected to the first Knesset on the Mapai list. He was re-elected in 1951, 1955, 1959 and 1961. He died in September 1965, whilst still an MK.


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