- Aharon Zisling
Date of birth =
26 February 1901
Place of birth =
Minsk, Russian Empire
Year of Aliyah =
Date of death =
16 January 1964
Place of death =
Knesset(s) = 1st, 2nd
Former parties =
Gov't roles = Minister of Agriculture
Aharon Zisling ( _he. אהרון ציזלינג,
26 February 1901– 16 January 1964) was an Israeli politician and minister and a signatory of Israel's declaration of independence.
Zisling emigrated to
Palestinein 1914. He was born in Belorussia. He was among the founders of Youth Aliya and as a member of the Haganahcommand, and participated in the founding of the Palmach; he was a founder of the Ahdut HaAvodaparty, a Jewish Agencydelegate to the UN and a member of the Zionist Executive Committee.
However, Zisling was a noted critic of Ben-Gurion's policies towards Palestinian Arabs, in particular plans to occupy abandoned villages and to destroy standing Arab crops throughout the country after the
1948 Arab-Israeli conflict.Fact|date=February 2007 On November 17, 1948he told the Provisional State Council (the forerunner to the Knesset); "I couldn’t sleep all night. I felt that things that were going on were hurting my soul, the soul of my family and all of us here (...) Now Jews too have behaved like Nazis and my entire being has been shaken." [ [http://mondediplo.com/1997/12/palestine The expulsion of the Palestinians re-examined] Le Monde Diplomatique, December 1997]
In 1949 he was elected to the first Knesset, but Mapam were not included in Ben-Gurion's coalition and Zisling lost his place in the cabinet. He was re-elected in 1951, and was part of the faction that broke away from Mapam to recreate Ahdut HaAvoda. He lost his seat in the 1955 elections and did not return to the Knesset.
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