Ofer Cassif

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Ofer Cassif
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Faction represented in the Knesset
2019–Joint List
Personal details
Born (1964-12-25) 25 December 1964 (age 56)
Rishon LeZion, Israel

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


Cassif was born in Rishon LeZion. He 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 military 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. He was re-elected in elections in September 2019, 2020 and 2021.

On 9 April 2021, Cassif was assaulted by police officers while taking part in a protest against evictions in East Jerusalem.[6] In an interview with Haaretz, Cassif said: “I object to the ideology and practice of Zionism... it's a racist ideology and practice which espouses Jewish supremacy."[7]

Cassif is married with one son and lives in Rehovot.[8]


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