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Moshe Smilansky, Leading Israeli Figure. Dies in Tel Aviv

Moshe Smilansky, one of Israel’s leading personalities, who left Russia for Palestine in 1890, died today at the Hadassah Hospital here. He was 79 years old.

A pioneer farmer and a distinguished author, he was the founder and leader of the Jewish Farmers Federation. He was one of the first settlers in Rishon L’Zion, Israel’s oldest settlement. During World War I, he was active in enlistment to the Jewish Legion and volunteered himself. His books, in Hebrew and English, were highly praised. He was greatly respected by the Arabs. On his 60th birthday the Farmers Federation established a settlement “Kfar Moshe” in his honor and published his collected works.

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