Israel Barzilai, Israeli Cabinet Minister, Former Minister of Health, Dies at 57

Israel Barzilai, a Cabinet member and former Minister of Health, was buried today at Kibbutz Negba, his home village which he helped found in 1939. Mr. Barzilai, 57, died of a stroke Friday at Hadassah Hospital here. He was one of the founders and leaders of the Mapam Party, a leftist labor faction that is part of Premier Golda Meir’s Labor Alignment. He was born in Poland, educated there and in Paris, and settled in Israel in 1934. He was active in Hashomer Hatair, the left Labor Zionist movement and represented it on various Jewish national institutions during the pre-State-hood years. In 1948 he was named Israel’s first Ambassador to Poland and later served in the third, fourth and fifth Knessets. He served two terms as Minister of Health, one as Minister of Posts and for six years was deputy speaker of the Knesset.

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