Issawi Frej

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Issawi Frej
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Date of birth (1963-12-14) 14 December 1963 (age 51)
Place of birth Kafr Qasim, Israel
Knessets 19
Faction represented in Knesset
2013– Meretz

Issawi Frej (Arabic: عيسوي فريج‎, Hebrew: עיסאווי פריג'‎; born 14 December 1963) is an Israeli Arab politician. A member of Meretz, he was placed fifth on the party's list for the 2013 Knesset elections.[1]


Born to an Israeli Arab family in Kafr Qasim, where his grandfather was murdered in the Kafr Qasim massacre,>[2] Frej was the eldest of twelve children. In 1982 he began studying accounting and economics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and later worked as an accountant.[3] Whilst at university he joined the joint Jewish-Arab group campus, and subsequently joined the Ratz party, which later merged into Meretz. He served on the secretariat of Peace Now and was involved in the Geneva Accord.

Frej first ran for the Knesset in 2003, and was placed sixteenth on the Meretz list for elections.[4] However, the party won only six seats. For the 2006 elections he was placed seventh,[5] but Meretz won only five seats. In the 2009 elections he was placed ninth,[6] but again failed to win a seat as Meretz was reduced to three MKs.

Frej is married with seven children.[3]


  1. ^ Meretz Central Elections Committee (Hebrew)
  2. ^ 'Rivlin condemns ‘terrible crime’ of Kfar Kassem massacre,' The Times of Israel 26 October 2014.
  3. ^ a b Meet the new MK: Esawi Freige The Jerusalem Post, 30 January 2013
  4. ^ Candidates for the 16th Knesset Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  5. ^ List of Candidates: Meretz Knesset website
  6. ^ Meretz Knesset website (Hebrew)

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