Yossi Yona

Yossi Yona
Date of birth (1953-06-08) 8 June 1953
Place of birth Kiryat Ata, Israel
Knessets 20
Faction represented in Knesset
2015– Zionist Union

Yosef "Yossi" Yona (Hebrew: יוסף "יוסי" יונה, born 8 June 1953) is an Israeli academic and politician.


Yona was born in the ma'abara of Kiryat Ata. His parents Salman and Sabrina had immigrated from Iraq and he was one of six children. He attended the Nahum Sokolow high school in Kiryat Ata. In 1971 he started his IDF national service and fought in Sinai during the Yom Kippur War.

After leaving the army in 1974, he obtained a Bagrut matriculation certificate and attended the University of Haifa, studying philosophy, history and art. Whilst at university he joined the Left Camp of Israel party. After graduating in 1979, he began studying for a PhD, graduating from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He subsequently joined the Education Department at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. He went on to become a Professor of philosophy of education at Ben-Gurion University, and a senior research fellow at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute. He was amongst the founders of the Mizrahi Democratic Rainbow Coalition, and one of the leaders of the Geneva Initiative.

In 2012 he joined the Labor Party, and was placed 20th on the party's list for the 2013 Knesset elections.[1] However, the party won only 15 seats and he did not become a Knesset member. He was placed 23rd on the Zionist Union list (an alliance of Labor and Hatnuah) for the 2015 Knesset elections,[2] and was elected to the Knesset as the alliance won 24 seats.[3]


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