Sephardim and Oriental Communities


Sephardim and Oriental Communities

Founded in 1949

The Sephardim and Oriental Communities party (Sephardim Ve'Edot HaMizrah) served as an independent party in the first and second Knessets. Prior to the elections for the second Knesset, the head of the party, Bechor Shalom Sheetrit, left the party and joined Mapai. After winning only two seats in the Second Knesset, the party joined the General Zionists Party. Some of its members were opposed to the union and continued to run independently in the 1955 and the 1959 elections, but failed to pass the electoral threshold. In ideological terms, the Sephardim and Oriental Communities party was moderate central-right.


Election Year Votes Count Number Of Seats Share Of Votes List Of Candidates Platform
1959 2,456 - 0.2 Candidates Candidates
1955 6,994 - 0.8 Candidates Candidates
1951 12,002 2 1.8 Candidates Candidates
1949 15,287 4 3.5 Candidates Candidates

Note that the candidates in this table are in Hebrew

Bechor Shalom Sheetrit, Eliyahu Elyashar

During the first Knesset, Bechor Shalom Sheetrit served as the representative of the Sephardim and Oriental Communities party in the government, holding the Police portfolio.