Shlomo Zalman Shragai, 96, a former mayor...


Shlomo Zalman Shragai, 96, a former mayor of Jerusalem and top immigration official during the early years of Israel's statehood, died Saturday.

He was born into an ultra-Orthodox family in Gorzkowice, Poland in 1899, but became active in the religious Zionist movement. He settled in Palestine in 1924 and was active in the pre-state leadership.

Israel became independent in 1948, and he was elected Jerusalem's second mayor in 1950. He held the post for two years.

Over the next decade, he headed the Jewish Agency's immigration department during a time of massive immigration from Islamic countries to the Jewish state.

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