List of Arab members of the Knesset

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There have been Israeli Arab members of the Knesset since the first Knesset elections in 1949. The following is a list of the 69 past and present members. Some Israeli Druze dispute the label "Arab" and consider Druze a separate ethnic group. However, they are still included in this list.

Current members (12)[edit]

Knesset member Party(s) Knesset(s) Comments
Afu Agbaria Afu Agbaria Hadash 18, 19
Hamad Amar Hamad Amar Yisrael Beiteinu 18, 19 Druze
Taleb Abu Arar Taleb Abu Arar United Arab List 19 Bedouin
Mohammad Barakeh Mohammad Barakeh Hadash 15, 16, 17, 18, 19 Former Deputy Knesset speaker
Masud Ghnaim Mas'oud Ghnaim United Arab List 18, 19 Sunni Muslim
Basel Ghattas Basel Ghattas Balad 19 Christian
Issawi Frej Issawi Freij Meretz 19
Ibrahim Sarsur Ibrahim Sarsur United Arab List 17, 18, 19
Hana Sweid Hana Sweid Hadash 17, 18, 19 Christian
Ahmad Tibi Ahmad Tibi Balad
Ta'al
United Arab List
15, 16, 17, 18, 19
Jamal Zahalka Jamal Zahalka Balad 16, 17, 18, 19
Haneen Zoabi Haneen Zouabi Balad 18, 19 Sunni Muslim.[1] First Arab woman elected to the Knesset on an Arab party's list.

Past members (57)[edit]

Knesset member Party(s) Knesset(s) Comments
Ahmed A-Dahar Progress and Development 4, 5
Mahmud A-Nashaf Agriculture and Development 4
Hamad Abu Rabia Arab List for Bedouins and Villagers
Alignment
United Arab List
8, 9
Labib Hussein Abu Rokan Cooperation and Brotherhood 4
Assad Assad Likud 13
Shafik Assad Dash
Democratic Movement
Ahva
Telem
9
Zeidan Atashi Shinui 9, 11
Rostam Bastuni Rostam Bastuni Mapam 2
Azmi Bishara Azmi Bishara Balad 14, 15, 16, 17
Ahmed Dabbah Ahmed Dabbah Kadima 18
Abdulwahab Darawshe Alignment
Arab Democratic Party
11, 12, 13, 14
Abdulmalik Dehamshe United Arab List 14, 15, 16 Deputy Knesset speaker
Yussef Diab Cooperation and Brotherhood 4
Seif el-Din el-Zoubi Seif el-Din el-Zoubi Democratic List of Nazareth
Democratic List for Israeli Arabs
Progress and Development
Cooperation and Development
Alignment
United Arab List
1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9,
Hussein Faris Mapam 12
Emile Habibi Emile Habibi Maki
Rakah
2, 3, 5, 6, 7
Haneh Hadad Labor Party 13
Rafik Haj Yahia One Nation
Labor Party
14
Walid Haj Yahia Left Camp of Israel
Meretz
9, 13, 14
Faras Hamdan Agriculture and Development 2, 3
Yussuf Hamis Mapam 3, 4, 5
Salah-Hassan Hanifes Progress and Work 2, 3
Akram Hasson Kadima 18
Nadia Hilou Labor Party 17
Halil-Salim Jabara Ahdut HaAvoda 5
Hussniya Jabara Meretz 15 First female Arab MK
Amin-Salim Jarjora Democratic List of Nazareth 1
Muhamad Kanan United Arab List
Arab National Party
15
Ayoob Kara Ayoob Kara Likud 15, 16, 18 Druze, Former Deputy Knesset speaker
Masaad Kassis Democratic List for Israeli Arabs 2, 3
Hamad Khalaily Alignment 10
Tawfik Khatib United Arab List
Arab National Party
14, 15,
Hashem Mahameed Hadash
Balad
United Arab List
National Unity – National Progressive Alliance
12, 13, 14, 15
Raleb Majadele Raleb Majadele Labour 16, 17, 18 First Muslim Arab Minister. Minister without Portfolio (2007), Minister of Science, Culture and Sport (2007-2009)
Issam Makhoul Issam Makhoul Hadash 15, 16
Nawaf Massalha Alignment
Labor Party
One Israel
12, 13, 14, 15 Deputy Minister, Deputy Knesset speaker
Mohammed Miari Progressive List for Peace 11, 12
Jabr Moade Democratic List for Israeli Arabs
Cooperation and Brotherhood
Cooperation and Development
Druze Party
Progress and Development
Alignment
United Arab List
2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Deputy Minister
Hanna Mwais Hadash 9
Mohamed Naffa Hadash 12
Said Nafa Balad 17, 18 Druze
Elias Nakhleh Progress and Development
Cooperation and Development
Jewish-Arab Brotherhood
Cooperation and Brotherhood
4, 5, 6, 7
Amal Nasser el-Din Likud 8, 9, 10, 11
Diyab Obeid Cooperation and Brotherhood 5, 6, 7
Ahmad Sa'd Hadash 14
Taleb el-Sana Taleb es-Sana Arab Democratic Party
United Arab List
13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 Bedouin
Saleh Saleem Hadash 13, 14
Shachiv Shnaan Labour
Independence
17, 18 Druze
Saleh Suleiman Progress and Work 3
Wasil Taha Balad 16, 17
Salah Tarif Alignment
Labor Party
One Israel
12, 13, 14, 15, 16 First Arab Minister (Minister without Portfolio), also Deputy Knesset speaker
Tawfik Toubi Maki
Rakah
Hadash
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Second longest serving Knesset member (41 years, 5 months and 9 days) after Shimon Peres
Majalli Wahabi Majalli Wahabi Likud
Kadima
Hatnuah
16, 17, 18 Druze, Former Deputy Knesset speaker, briefly acting President
Muhammed Wattad Alignment
Mapam
Hadash
10, 11
Abbas Zakour United Arab List 17
Tawfiq Ziad Tawfiq Ziad Rakah
Hadash
8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13
Abd el-Aziz el-Zoubi Mapam
Alignment
6, 7, 8 First Arab Deputy Minister

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Jason Koutsoukis (16 May 2009). "Voice of equality". The Age. "My parents are Muslims. They pray, they fast, they have been to Mecca, but they raised their children to think and feel as liberal, open-minded people." 

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