Ofer Cassif

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Ofer Cassif
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Faction represented in the Knesset
2019Hadash
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.

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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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