Arjan El Fassed

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Arjan El Fassed
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Member of the House of Representatives of the Netherlands
In office
June 17, 2010 – September 19, 2012
Personal details
Born Arjan El Fassed
(1973-08-05) August 5, 1973 (age 40)
Vlaardingen, Netherlands
Nationality Dutch
Political party GreenLeft (GroenLinks - GL)
Spouse(s) Married
Residence Utrecht, Netherlands
Alma mater Leiden University (M.A., Political science)
Occupation Politician, development aid worker, human rights activist
Website (Dutch) GreenLeft website

Arjan El Fassed (born August 5, 1973 in Vlaardingen) is a former Dutch politician and human rights activist as well as development aid worker. As a member of GreenLeft (GroenLinks) he was an MP from June 17, 2010 to September 19, 2012. He focused on matters of development aid and foreign affairs.


El Fassed studied political science at Leiden University and worked as a lobbyist and advisor for several humanitarian organizations, among others the Palestinian Society for the Protection of Human Rights (LAW), the Interchurch Organisation for Development Cooperation (ICCO), Oxfam Novib as well as Oxfam International

He is co-founder of The Electronic Intifada (ei), a website dealing with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from a Palestinian point of view.

Since June 2010 he has been a member of the Dutch House of Representatives.

Personal life[edit]

Arjan El Fassed has a Palestinian father and a Dutch mother. In the second half of the 90's he lived for about three years in Nablus on the West Bank. Bassam Shakaa, former mayor of this Palestinian city and victim of an Israeli bomb assault, is his uncle.


  • 2008: Niet iedereen kan stenen gooien: Een Nederlandse Palestijn op zoek naar zijn wortels en identiteit, ISBN 978-90-8645-027-5