Faction independent of Ahdut HaAvoda
The Faction independent of Ahdut HaAvoda ( _he. סיעה בלתי תלויה באחדות העבודה, "Sia Bilti Talouya BeAhdut HaAvoda") was a short-lived political party in
The Faction independent of Ahdut HaAvoda was formed on
20 January 1953(during the second Knesset) as a breakaway from Mapamin the aftermath of the Prague Trials. The show trialsin which mostly Jewish leaders of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakiawere purged, falsely implicated Mapam's envoy in Prague, Mordechai Oren, as part of a Zionist conspiracy. This, and later Nikita Khrushchev's Secret Speech at the 20th Party Congress in the Soviet Union, led to Mapam moving away from some of their more radical left wing positions, and towards social democracy.
Unhappy with the move, several Mapam MKs left the party;
Rostam Bastuni, Avraham Bermanand Moshe Snehestablished the Left Factionand Moshe Aram, Yisrael Bar-Yehuda, Yitzhak Ben-Aharonand Aharon Zislingset up Ahdut HaAvoda - Poale Zion, recreating the old party that had merged into Mapam. However, Hannah Lamdanand David Livschitzdid not wish to join the new Ahdut HaAvoda party, so created the Faction independent of Ahdut HaAvoda.
The faction ceased to exist on
13 January 1954when Lamdan and Livschitz both joined Mapai.
* [http://www.knesset.gov.il/faction/eng/FactionPage_eng.asp?PG=118 Party history] Knesset website
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