Shuli Mualem

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Shuli Mualem
Date of birth (1965-02-08) 8 February 1965 (age 50)
Place of birth Haifa, Israel
Knessets 19
Faction represented in Knesset
2013–2015 The Jewish Home

Shuli Mualem-Rafaeli (Hebrew: שולי מועלם-רפאלי‎, born 8 February 1965) is an Israeli nurse and politician. A member of the Jewish Home, she was placed twelfth on the party's list for the 2013 Knesset elections[1] and became a Member of Knesset as the party passed twelve seats with the help of surplus votes from Likud Yisrael Beiteinu.


Born in Haifa in 1965, Mualem was one of nine children. Her parents had immigrated from Morocco two months before her birth. She grew up in the Neve David neighbourhood and was a member of Bnei Akiva. During her national service in the Israel Defense Forces she worked as a teacher.

After leaving the army she attended the Shaare Zedek nursing school, gaining a bachelor's degree, before taking a master's degree course in industrial engineering at the Technion. She worked as a nurse at the Soroka Medical Center in Beersheba, becoming the hospital's Director of Risk Management. She also lectured at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

In 1997 her husband Moshe was one of 73 people killed in a helicopter disaster.[2] After his death she served as Deputy and Acting Chairman of the IDF Widows and Orphans organisation.[3] She also wrote several posthumous letters to her husband, which were published in a book "My beloved Mualem",[4] which was published in 2001. Having remarried, she was involved in fighting for IDF widows to continue to receive their pensions after remarrying.[5]

Prior to the 2009 Knesset elections Mualem won fourth place on the Jewish Home list.[2] However, she later withdrew from the final list.[6]

She is married with 7 children.[7]


  1. ^ Jewish Home Central Elections Committee (Hebrew)
  2. ^ a b Jewish Home's Final List: Medium NRP Tilt Israel National News, 17 December 2008
  3. ^ Meet the MK: Shuli Muallem The Jerusalem Post, 25 January 2013
  4. ^ Dear deceased Haaretz, 6 June 2002
  5. ^ IDF widows struggle: "The state is demeaning" Yedioth Ahronoth, 1 May 2006 (Hebrew)
  6. ^ The Jewish Home list Knesset website
  7. ^ Shuli Moalem-Refaeli Knesset website

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