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Ze'ev Boim
Date of birth 30 April 1943 (1943-04-30) (age 66)
Place of birth Jerusalem, Mandate Palestine
Knessets 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th
Party Kadima
Former parties Likud
Ministerial posts
(current in bold)
Minister of Housing & Construction
Minister of Immigrant Absorption
Minister of Agriculture &
Rural Development

Ze'ev Boim (Hebrew: זאב בוים‎, born 30 April 1943) is an Israeli politician. He currently serves as a member of the Knesset for Kadima. Between 1996 and 2005 he represented Likud in the Knesset, and has previously served as Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Minister of Housing and Construction and Minister of Immigrant Absorption.

Biography

Born in Jerusalem during the Mandate era, Boim served as a company commander in the IDF Armored Corps. He was originally a teacher by profession, and has a BA in History and Hebrew literature from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He was principal of the Comprehensive High School in Kiryat Gat and has served as an educational emissary to Mexico.

He served in the past as mayor of Kiryat Gat, as well as Chairman of the Municipal Environmental Quality Association of Ashkelon District; Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Economic Company of Kiryat Gat; and Chairman of the Directorate of the Inter Regional Industrial Park of Kiryat Gat and Hevel Lakhish.

In 1996 he was elected to the Knesset on the Likud list, serving as the party's whip, head of the Negev Lobby, and head of the Knesset Delegation to the Annual Dialogue between Israel and the European Parliament during his first term. After being re-elected in 1999, he served as coalition and Likud faction chairman.

He was re-elected again in 2003 and served as Deputy Minister of Defense from March 2003 until January 2006. In 2005 he defected to the new Kadima party, retaining his ministerial position. In January 2006 he became Minister of Housing and Construction and Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, serving in both positions until May. He was re-elected in 2006, and was then appointed Minister of Immigrant Absorption, before returning to the Housing and Construction portfolio in 2007.

Placed sixth on Kadima's list, he retained his seat in the 2009 elections.

He is married and has three children, and lives in Kiryat Gat.

Controversial Comments

Boim was at the centre of controversy for comments which claimed that Muslims generally and Palestinians in particular have genetic defects. In 2004 he answered questions relating to terroism by saying, "What is it about Islam as a whole and the Palestinians in particular? Is it some form of cultural deprivation? Is it some genetic defect? There is something that defies explanation in this continued murderousness." Many members of the government slammed the comment. Meimad leader MK Rabbi Michael Melchior said that the comment was racist and against the tenets of Judaism. Melchior compared them to claims of genetic flaws linked to Jews by the Nazis.[1]

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