to Mordechai Ben Porat
to Iraqi born Mordechai Ben Porat who was one of three recent
recipients of the Israel Prize. The other two were, Yitzhak
Shamir 86 and Abba Eban 86. Mr Ben-Porat was cited for his
work in the Hagana and later risking his life while organising
a wave of immigration from Iraq, which brought some 120,000
Jews to Israel from 1949-1951.
he served as head of the Or Yehuda local Council then as
a Knesset Member and Cabinet Minister in the 1980s.
Ben Porat, who also founded a centre for Iraqi Jewish heritage,
was cited for having contributed to Zionist education, love
and protection of his homeland.
the Hahagana Street in Or Yehuda was re-named the Ben Porat
Avenue in his honour.
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