Ofer Cassif

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Ofer Cassif
Date of birth (1964-12-25) 25 December 1964 (age 55)
Place of birthRishon LeZion, Israel
Knessets21, 22
Faction represented in Knesset
2019Hadash
2019–Joint List

Ofer Cassif (Hebrew: עופר כסיף‎, born 25 December 1964)[1] is an Israeli academic and politician. He is currently a member of the Knesset for the Joint List, and the Hadash party's sole Jewish MK.

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Cassif was born in Rishon LeZion and attended Shalmon Elementary School and the Reali Gymnasium.[1] Growing up in a Mapai-supporting household, he joined the Left Camp of Israel youth group at the age of 16.[2] During his national service in the Israel Defense Forces he served in the Nahal and the Nahal paratrooper brigade.[2] He subsequently studied philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and earned a PhD in political philosophy at the London School of Economics before doing a postdoctoral fellowship at Columbia University. He became a lecturer in political science at Tel Aviv University and Sapir Academic College.[2]

Entering the political sphere, he worked as a parliamentary assistant to Hadash MK Meir Vilner.[2] Prior to the April 2019 Knesset elections he was placed fifth on the joint Hadash–Ta'al list.[3] In March 2019 he was banned from contesting the elections by the Central Election Committee due to provocative statements he had made,[4] the first time an individual had been barred from a party list. However, the decision was later overturned by the Supreme Court.[5] He subsequently entered the Knesset as the alliance won six seats.

Cassif is married with one son and lives in Rehovot.

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