Shuli Mualem

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Shuli Mualem
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Date of birth (1965-02-08) 8 February 1965 (age 52)
Place of birth Haifa, Israel
Knessets 19, 20
Faction represented in Knesset
2013–2015 The Jewish Home
2015– The Jewish Home

Shulamit "Shuli" Mualem-Rafaeli (Hebrew: שולמית "שולי" מועלם-רפאלי‎‎, born 8 February 1965) is an Israeli nurse and politician. She served as a member of the Knesset for the Jewish Home between February 2013 and March 2015, and again since October 2015.


Born in Haifa in 1965, Mualem was one of nine children. Her parents had immigrated from Morocco two months before her birth. She grew up in the Neve David neighbourhood and was a member of Bnei Akiva. During her national service in the Israel Defense Forces she worked as a teacher.

After leaving the army she attended the Shaare Zedek nursing school, gaining a bachelor's degree, before taking a master's degree course in industrial engineering at the Technion. She worked as a nurse at the Soroka Medical Center in Beersheba, becoming the hospital's Director of Risk Management. She also lectured at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

In 1997 her husband Moshe was one of 73 people killed in a helicopter disaster.[1] After his death she served as Deputy and Acting Chairman of the IDF Widows and Orphans organisation.[2] She also wrote several posthumous letters to her husband, which were published in a book "My beloved Mualem",[3] which was published in 2001. Having remarried, she was involved in fighting for IDF widows to continue to receive their pensions after remarrying.[4]

Prior to the 2009 Knesset elections Mualem won fourth place on the Jewish Home list.[1] However, she later withdrew from the final list.[5] She was placed twelfth on the party's list for the 2013 elections,[6] and was elected to the Knesset as the party won 12 seats. She was placed ninth on the party's list for the 2015 elections,[7] losing her seat as the party was reduced to eight seats. However, she returned to the Knesset in October 2015 when party leader Naftali Bennett resigned his seat under the Norwegian Law in order to allow Mualem to become an MK again.[8]

She is married with 7 children.[9]


  1. ^ a b Jewish Home's Final List: Medium NRP Tilt Israel National News, 17 December 2008
  2. ^ Meet the MK: Shuli Muallem The Jerusalem Post, 25 January 2013
  3. ^ Dear deceased Haaretz, 6 June 2002
  4. ^ IDF widows struggle: "The state is demeaning" Yedioth Ahronoth, 1 May 2006 (in Hebrew)
  5. ^ The Jewish Home list Knesset website
  6. ^ Jewish Home Central Elections Committee (in Hebrew)
  7. ^ The Jewish Home list Central Elections Committee
  8. ^ Bennett resigns from Knesset, will continue to serve as education minister The Jerusalem Post, 7 October 2015
  9. ^ Shuli Moalem-Refaeli Knesset website

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