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Avraham Menachem Mendel Ussishkin (14 August 1863 - 2 October 1941) was a notable Zionist leader.

Biography

Born in Dubrovna in the Russian Empire (today DubroŇ≠na in Belarus), Ussishkin graduated as a technical engineer from Moscow Technological Institute. He actively worked for the revival of the Hebrew language and Jewish settlement in the Land of Israel, then part of the Ottoman Empire, and was a member of Hovevei Zion movement.

He served as Hebrew Secretary at the First Zionist Congress. He was one of the leaders who forced the abandonment of the Uganda plan.

In his pamphlet "Our Program" he advocated group settlement based on labour Zionism. Under his influence the Zionist movement actively supported the establishment of agricultural settlements, educational and cultural institutions, and a Hebrew university.

In 1919 Ussishkin made aliyah to Palestine. In 1923 he was elected President of the Jewish National Fund which he headed until his death. Ussishkin was the force behind large land acquisitions in the Hefer, Jezreel and Beit She'an valleys. He died in 1941 at the age of 78.

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Avraham Menachem Mendel Ussishkin (14 August 1863 - 2 October 1941) was a notable Zionist leader.

Biography

Born in Dubrovna in the Russian Empire, Ussishkin graduated as a technical engineer from Moscow Technological Institute. He actively worked for the revival of the Hebrew language and Jewish settlement in the Land of Israel, then part of the Ottoman Empire, and was a member of Hovevei Zion movement.

He served as Hebrew Secretary at the First Zionist Congress. He was one of the leaders who forced the abandonment of the Uganda plan.

In his pamphlet "Our Program" he advocated group settlement based on labour Zionism. Under his influence the Zionist movement actively supported the establishment of agricultural settlements, educational and cultural institutions, and a Hebrew university.

In 1919 Ussishkin settled in the Mandate Palestine. In 1923 he was elected President of the Jewish National Fund which he headed until his death. Ussishkin was the force behind large land acquisitions in the Hefer, Jezreel and Beit She'an valleys.

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