About Avraham Granot

Avraham Granot, 1890−1962, Zionist activist, Israeli politician.

Avraham Granot
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Avraham Granot was born Abraham Granovsky in Făleşti, Bessarabia in the Russian Empire (today Moldova). He attended Gymnasia Herzliya in Tel Aviv. In 1911, he traveled to Switzerland to study law and political economy at the University of Fribourg and University of Lausanne, graduating with a PhD in 1917.

He moved to Jerusalem in 1922 to continue his work for the Keren Kayemet, the Jewish National Fund. Two years later he officially immigrated to Mandatory Palestine. He also lectured at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem on agrarian policy. In 1940 he was appointed director-general of the JNF. Granot was a member of the New Aliyah Party and one of the signers of the Israeli Declaration of Independence in 1948. In 1949, he was elected to the first Knesset as a member of the Progressive Party (the successor of the New Aliyah Party). He was reelected in 1951, but resigned from the Knesset six weeks after the election. He was head of several public corporations, and sat on the Board of Governors of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Weizmann Institute of Science. In 1960, Granot was elected chairman of the JNF Board of Directors.

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