(1943 - )
Naomi Blumenthal is a former Israeli politician whose career was cut short due to a conviction on charges of corruption.
Blumenthal (born November 22, 1943) was born in Bitzaron, in pre-State Israel and served in the Nahal Brigade of the Israel Defense Forces. She holds
a B.A. degree in Political Science and Criminology from Bar-Ilan University
and is a Graduate of the Beit-Zvi School of Art in Ramat-Gan.
Blumenthal has served as Chairperson of "Al-Sam" the Israeli
anti-drug abuse association) and of the Political Center - Israel Women's
Network. She was a member of the Israeli delegation to the United Nations
Conference on the Status of Woman (1989, 1990, 1991 and 1995 in Beijing)
and one of the Founders of the Beer-Sheva Theatre.
Naomi Blumenthal has been a Member
of Knesset since 1992. She has served as Chairperson of the Committee
for the Advancement of the Status of Women, the Immigration and Absorption
Committee, and the Israel-Germany Parliamentary Friendship League. She
has been a member of various Knesset committees, among them Labor and
Welfare, Internal Affairs and Environment, Anti-Drug Abuse Committee,
and Scientific and Technological Research and Development.
In March 2001, Naomi Blumenthal was appointed Deputy Minister of National
Infrastructures by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon; she stepped down from this position in January 2003.
In 2003, Blumenthal was re-elected to the Knesset but it later emerged that she had bribed 15 Likud activists and central committee members during the party primaries in December 2003 by hosting them in a hotel in Ramat Gan; the episode became known in Israel as the "Sheraton City Tower Affair". In 2006, she was sentenced to eight months in prison and a fine of 75,000 shekel for the corruption charges. Her prison sentence was commuted by Israeli President Shimon Peres to community service.
She is married and has three children.
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