Hamad Abu Rabia

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Hamad Abu Rabia
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Date of birth 1929
Place of birth Mandatory Palestine
Date of death 12 January 1981
Knessets 8, 9
Faction represented in Knesset
1974 Arab List for Bedouins and Villagers
1974–1976 Alignment
1976–1977 Arab List for Bedouins and Villagers
1977–1981 United Arab List

Sheikh Hamad Abu Rabia (Arabic: حماد أبو ربيعة‎‎, Hebrew: חמאד אבו-רביעה‎‎; born 1929, died 12 January 1981) was a Bedouin Israeli politician and a member of the Knesset, best known for being assassinated by sons of an Israeli Arab Druze politician.


Abu Rabia was born and grew up in the Negev, where he attended elementary school. He attended high school in Hebron. At the age of 18 he became sheikh of his tribe and took interest in fostering its education.

Abu Rabia was first elected to the Knesset in 1973 on the Arab List for Bedouins and Villagers, becoming the first Bedouin to serve in the Knesset.[1] In 1974 the party joined the Alignment, but broke away again in 1976. The following year it merged into the original United Arab List. He was re-elected in the 1977 elections, and became a member of the Committee for Public Services.

The United Arab List had won a single seat, which Abu Rabia and Jabr Muadi had agreed to rotate. However, Abu Rabia refused to vacate his seat, with a court ruling that the agreement was invalid.[2] On 12 January 1981 Abu Rabia was assassinated outside a hotel in Jerusalem by Muadi's sons. Despite the family links to the killing, Muadi replaced Abu Rabia in the Knesset.


  1. ^ Ginat, J. Blood revenge p50
  2. ^ Anxiety attack Haaretz International, 1 April 2005

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