Muhammed Wattad

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Muhammed Wattad
Date of birth 1 June 1937
Place of birth Jatt, Mandatory Palestine
Date of death 24 September 1994(1994-09-24) (aged 57)
Knessets 10, 11
Party represented in Knesset
1981–1984 Alignment
1984–1988 Mapam
1988 Hadash

Muhammed Wattad (Arabic: محمد وتد‎, Hebrew: מוחמד ותד; 1 June 1937 – 24 September 1994) was an Israeli Arab politician who served as a member of the Knesset between 1981 and 1988.

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Born in Jatt during the Mandate era, Wattad was a member of the Israeli Communist Youth and Hashomer Hatzair. He attended Tel Aviv University, where he took Asian and African Studies.

A member of Mapam, he edited the Arabic-language version of the party's newspaper, Al HaMishmar. In 1981 he was elected to the Knesset on the Alignment list (an alliance of Mapam and the Labor Party). He was re-elected in 1984, shortly after which Mapam left the Alignment. On 12 July 1988 he left Mapam to join Hadash,[1] due to disappointment with Mapam's policy towards the First Intifada.

He lost his seat in the 1988 elections. After leaving politics, he managed and edited the Kul al-Arab newspaper, and later ran a public relations firm.

He died in 1994 following a traffic collision.

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