The last member of the first Knesset has passed away: Tawfik Toubi, who served as a Knesset member from 1949 to 1990, died Saturday at the age of 88.
His funereal is to take place on Sunday in Haifa.
"Tawfik's death is a great loss to the Hadash Party and to the Arab public," said Hadash Chairman MK Mohammad Barakeh. "He was a diligent man and a brilliant and modest parliamentarian; a man of peace, merit and honor. He left behind him a rich and respected legacy."
Toubi was born in Haifa in 1922. He joined the Communist Party at the age of 18. From 1943 to the establishment of the State, he worked at the Public Works Department of the British mandate government.
He was was first elected to the Knesset on behalf of the Israeli Communist Party in February 1949. In later years he served as part of the New Communist List and the Hadash Party.
After more than 41 years in office, he resigned in 1990. During his tenure he served on the Internal Affairs Committee, the House Committee and the Constitution, Law and Justice Committee, among others.
From 1993 to 1989, he served as secretary-general of the Communist Party. He was also a member of the World Peace Council, and served as the publisher and editor of Arabic Communist paper “Al Itihad.”
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