Hana Sweid

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Hana Sweid
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Date of birth (1955-03-27) 27 March 1955 (age 63)
Place of birthEilabun, Israel
Knessets17, 18, 19
Faction represented in Knesset
Hana Sweid with Hisham Zreiq (left).

Hana Sweid (Arabic: حنا سويد‎, Hebrew: חנא סוייד‬; also spelt Hanna Swaid, born 27 March 1955) is an Israeli Arab politician who served as a member of the Knesset for Hadash from 2006 to 2015.[1]

Early life[edit]

Born to a Christian family in Eilabun, Sweid studied Civil Engineering at the Technion, gaining a BSc and an MSc. Further studies led to him receiving a PhD in Civil Engineering and Urban Planning.[2] After his studies he worked as an engineer and also lectured at the University of Reading in the United Kingdom from 1990 until 1993. He became a member of the National Council for Planning and Construction in 1995, leaving it in 2003, the year in which he became Director General of the Arab Center for Alternative Planning, a position he held until 2006.[3]

Political career[edit]

Sweid began his foray into politics as head of Eilabun local council in 1993, a position he held until 2000. He was first elected to the Knesset in the 2006 elections. Since becoming an MK he has led efforts to establish a new Arab city in the north of Israel.[4]

Placed second on the party's list, he retained his seat in the 2009 and 2013 elections. He retired from politics prior to the 2015 elections, although he was given a symbolic 109th place on the Joint List, an alliance of Hadash and other Arab parties.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Hana Sweid: Knesset Activities Knesset website
  2. ^ Hana Sweid: Particulars Knesset website
  3. ^ Hana Sweid: Public Activities Knesset website
  4. ^ MKs from across spectrum back bill on new Arab city in north Haaretz, 14 February 2007
  5. ^ Joint List list Central Elections Committee

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