Reuven Abergel

Wadi Salib riots Black Panthers (Israel) Haifa
Reuven Abergel

Reuven Abergel (Hebrew: ראובן אברג'ל‎, Arabic: رَؤوبين أبيرجل‎; born December 26, 1943) is an Israeli social and political activist of Moroccan origin, and a co-founder and former leader of the Israeli Black Panthers.


Reuven Abergel was born in 1943 in Rabat, Morocco. He immigrated to Israel with his parents and seven siblings (he was the fourth eldest child) from Rabat, Morocco. The family was sent to the immigrant tent camp in Pardes Hana. Later they moved to the seamline Jerusalem neighborhood of Musrara, a former Palestinian neighborhood whose residents vacated in the 1948 War.

Political activism

In response to the Wadi Salib riots in Haifa, Abergel began to distribute leaflets around his neighborhood. He joined the Israeli Black Panthers following the arrest of his friends. He became a leader of the movement and his home became its headquarters. He was present at the group's meeting with then-Prime Minister Golda Meir.[1][2][3] Since then Abergel has been active in the struggle for social justice and peace in Israel/Palestine as a member of various groups and movements. He currently serves on the board of the Mizrahi Democratic Rainbow Coalition and was elected to the leadership of Tarabut ("connection"), a joint Jewish-Palestinian political party for peace and equality in Israel.


  1. ^ "Israeli "Black Panthers" Meet with Prime Minister Meir to Discuss Mizrahi Jews". Center for Israel Education. Center for Israel Education. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  2. ^ Yaacov. "Golda Meir: The Israeli Black Panthers Aren't Nice". Israel's Documented Story. Israel State Archives. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  3. ^ HERSCHTHAL, ERIC. "Israel's Black Panthers Remembered". The New York Jewish Week. The Jewish Week Media Group. Retrieved 23 January 2018.