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Shlomo Sulayman
Shlomo Sulayman
Birth: 1903?
Death: 11 October 2020
Age: 117 years?
Country: YemenYEMIsrael ISR
Longevity claimant

Shlomo Sulayman (1903? – 11 October 2020) was a Yemeni-Israeli Longevity claimant.


Shlomo Sulayman claimed to have been born in Yemen in 1903 and immigrated to Israel in 1949 with his wife and four children in 1949. His two youngest children were born in Israel. He lived with his family in the central city of Netanya and after serving in the IDF, worked for agriculture.

His wife died several years ago at age 94 and since then Sulayman has lived on his own. Despite his solitude, his grandson Gil Radia did he continued to live a modest life, going every day to synagogue and was considered an expert on Jewish scripture.

Radia said "His mind was clear until his last mom. People would come and ask questions about the faith and do exactly as he told them after he looked over the texts."

Asked about what his secret to Longevity was, Radia said that he did not eat much and was always physically active.

His grandson said "He would eat small portions. In the morning he would eat a piece of bread with cream cheese, for lunch either chicken, fish or egg with rice, and in the evening a salad with an egg."

His grandson also said "He would walk great distances on foot."

Over the past months, due to the coronavirus pandemic, Sulayman was confined to his home, which caused his health to deteriorate. 

Until the pandemic he would go to the synagogue, even at the age of 116. He was a very modest man.

According to his family, Sulayman was born in 1903, making him not only the oldest person in Israel but among the oldest in the world.

He died in Israel on 11 October 2020 at the claimed age of 117 years.