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Ora Namir Has Passed Away, as Has the Israeli Labor Party That She Knew

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The stone path to the cemetery at Moshav Hogla near Hadera passes by greenhouses where colorful flowers are being raised. When Ora Toib was growing up there, Thailand was still called Siam and the moshav had not yet thought about foreign workers.

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On Tuesday, the only people working in the greenhouses were Thai workers, the new Israeli pioneers, as a larger than expected procession of cars made its way to Ora Toib Namir’s funeral. It was an respectable funeral, even if yet another burial ceremony for the Labor Party, and Namir was one of its finest daughters.

I liked her as much as I could. We became surreptitious friends, but it was a forbidden friendship. In line at the supermarket, which still belonged then to the Histadrut labor federation, we spoke in whispers. She was from Yitzhak Rabin’s political camp, while and I was working for Shimon Peres.

But at the famous Shabbat dinners she had at her home, we rarely spoke about politics. It was a cultural club of a kind that no longer exists – with a precision and style that only she could pull off. There were always more........

© Haaretz