Former minister and MK Victor Shem-Tov dies at 99
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Former minister and MK Victor Shem-Tov dies at 99

Served as health minister under Golda Meir and Yitzhak Rabin and as secretary-general of the Mapam party

Victor Shem-Tov in 1980, file photo (Photo credit: CC-BY-SA GPO)
Victor Shem-Tov in 1980, file photo (Photo credit: CC-BY-SA GPO)

Former minister and Knesset member Victor Shem-Tov passed away on Saturday at the age of 99.

Shem-Tov served as health minister in the governments of Golda Meir and Yitzhak Rabin in the seventies.

He was first elected to the Knesset in 1961 as a member of Mapam, a precursor to today’s Meretz party. He served as secretary-general of the party between 1979 and 1985.

Shem-Tov was “a champion of social-justice and a brave champion of peace,” Meretz leader MK Zahava Gal-on said on Saturday. “He began as a construction worker and…left his mark in all his public posts (in support of) equality, justice and human rights.”

Shem-Tov was survived by his wife, two children and four grandchildren.

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