Ilan Gilon

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Ilan Gilon

Ilan Gilon (Romanian: Ilan Ghilon, Hebrew: אילן גילאון‎; 12 May 1956 – 1 May 2022) was an Israeli politician of the Meretz party.

Early life[change | change source]

Gilon was born in Galați, Romania. He got polio when he was a baby. Because of this he has problems with his legs. He migrated to Israel when he was a child. He studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem but didn't obtain a degree. He became involved in politics by becoming a member of the youth department of Mapam (a socialist political party and a forerunner of Meretz), followed by Meretz itself later on.

Political career[change | change source]

Gilon was deputy mayor of Ashdod from 1993 to 1999. He served three spells in the Knesset between 1999 and 2021. As a parliamentarian, he was mainly involved with social welfare issues. Among these are promoting laws to help people with disabilities. After the resignation of Zehava Gal-On in October 2017, Gilon has become leader of the Meretz party in the Knesset.

In 2018, Gilon ran for Meretz party president however he withdrew from the race because of bad health.

Death[change | change source]

Gilon had two strokes in 2018 and 2019. He died on 1 May 2022 in Ramat Gan, Israel at the age of 65.[1]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Former Meretz MK Ilan Gilon passes away at 65". The Jerusalem Post. 1 May 2022. Retrieved 1 May 2022.

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