Shoshana Arbeli-Almozlino

Shoshana Arbeli-Almozlino

Arbeli-Almozlino (centre) in 1985
Date of birth 26 January 1926
Place of birth Mosul, Iraq
Year of aliyah 1947
Date of death 12 June 2015(2015-06-12) (aged 89)
Place of death Tel Aviv, Israel
Knessets 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Faction represented in Knesset
1965–1968 Alignment
1968–1969 Labor Party
1969–1991 Alignment
1991–1992 Labor Party
Ministerial roles
1986–1988 Minister of Health

Shoshana Arbeli-Almozlino (Hebrew: שושנה ארבלי-אלמוזלינו, 26 January 1926 – 12 June 2015) was an Israeli politician who served as a member of the Knesset (MK) for the Labor Party and the Alignment alliance from 1965 until 1992. She was also Minister of Health between 1986 and 1988.


One of six children born in Mosul, Iraq to a merchant, Shmuel Binyamin Arbili (or Arbeli) and his wife, Safra, Shoshana joined the underground HeHalutz movement, for which she was jailed.[1]

Having originally studied to be a teacher, she made aliyah to Mandatory Palestine in 1947, and joined Ahdut HaAvoda in 1948, becoming a member of the secretariat of the party's Ramat Gan/Givatayim branch. The following year she was amongst the founders of kibbutz Neve Ur.[1] Between 1952 and 1957 she worked as co-ordinator of the women's department of the Ramat Gan Labour Bureau, before serving as co-ordinator of the youth section from 1957 until 1959.[2]

Between 1959-66 she was a member of the secretariat of workers councils, and chaired its department of training and employment. She was also later a member of the Histadrut council and the council of the Na'amat women's organisation. She missed out on election to the Knesset on the Alignment's list in 1965 (the Alignment being an alliance of Ahdut HaAvoda and Mapai), but entered the parliament in January 1966 after two Alignment MKs, Moshe Carmel and Haim Gvati, resigned their seats. She was re-elected in 1969, 1973, 1977, 1981 and 1984.[2][3][4]

In September 1984 she was appointed Deputy Minister of Health. In the government formed in October 1986 she became Minister of Health, serving until the 1988 elections, in which she retained her seat, but lost her place in the cabinet. She lost her seat in the 1992 elections after 26 years in the Knesset.[3][4][2]

Arbeli-Almozlino died at Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center on 12 June 2015 at the age of 89 of Alzheimer's disease.[4]


In 1965, aged 39, Arbeli married Natan Almozlino, a widower who was active in Ahdut Ha-Avodah and served as the treasurer of the Histadrut. Natan Almozlino and his first wife, Bellina, had two children, Uzi and Yishai. He and Arbeli-Almozlino had no children.[3]


  1. 1 2 "Former minister Shoshana Arbeli-Almoslino dies aged 89", Times of Israel, 12 June 2015.
  2. 1 2 3 Shoshana Arbeli-Almozlino: Public Activities,; accessed 30 June 2015.
  3. 1 2 3 Profile,; accessed 30 June 2015.
  4. 1 2 3 "Former Labor MK, Minister of Health Shoshana Arbeli-Almozlino dies", The Jerusalem Post, 12 June 2015.
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