Mtanes Shehadeh

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Mtanes Shehadeh
Date of birth (1972-05-25) 25 May 1972 (age 47)
Faction represented in Knesset

Dr Mtanes Shehadeh (Arabic: امطانس شحادة‎, Hebrew: מְטַאנֵס שְׁחַאדֵה, born 25 May 1972) is an Israeli Arab politician. The leader of the Balad, he is currently a member of the Knesset for the party.


Shehadeh grew up in a Christian Arab family in Nazareth. He gained a BA in economic and international relations at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, an MA in political science from the University of Haifa, and a PhD in the same subject at the Hebrew University. He worked as a researcher at Mada al-Carmel and became a member of the High Follow-Up Committee for Arab Citizens.

In February 2019 he was elected leader of Balad.[1] The party ran a joint list with the United Arab List for the April 2019 Knesset elections, with Shehadeh in second place.[2] He was subsequently elected to the Knesset as the alliance won four seats.

Shehadeh is married with three children and lives in Isfiya.[3]


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