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Shlomo Molla
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Date of birth 21 November 1965 (1965-11-21) (age 44)
Place of birth Ethiopia
Year of aliyah 1984
Knessets 17th, 18th
Party Kadima

Shlomo Molla (Hebrew: שלמה מולה‎, born 21 November 1965) is an Israeli politician who has served as a member of the Knesset for Kadima since February 2008.


Born in Ethiopia in 1965, Molla immigrated to Israel in 1984 on foot, as he was left out of Operation Moses and Operation Solomon. After national service in the Israel Defense Forces, he studied for a BA in social work at Bar-Ilan University. During his studies he served as co-chairman of the Organisation of Ethiopian Students. He later also gained an LLB from Ono Academic College.

In 1991 he became head of a Jewish Agency immigrant absorption centre in Tiberias, and in 1995 was appointed supervisor of the absorption centres and ulpans in northern kibbutzim. In 1996 he became a member of the Ministry of Health's committee to advise on war conditions, and in 1999 became head of the Jewish Agency's Ethiopian Division. In the same year Molla won eighth place on Yisrael BaAliyah's list for the Knesset elections,[1] but the party won only six seats.

In 2006 he was a member of the Zionist Executive and head of department at the World Zionist Organization. Prior to the 2006 elections he was placed 33rd on Kadima's list. However, following the resignation of Avigdor Yitzhaki in February 2008, Molla became the second MK of Ethiopian origin.[2] He was placed 19th on the Kadima list for the 2009 elections, and retained his seat as the party won 28 mandates.

Molla is married with three children, and lives in Rishon LeZion.


  1. ^ Parties and Lists The Jerusalem Post
  2. ^ Knesset to swear in 2nd Ethiopian MK Jerusalem Post

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