Sami Abu Shehadeh

Israeli politician
2019–Joint List Personal detailsBorn (1975-12-19) 19 December 1975 (age 46)
Lod, Israel

Sami Abu Shehadeh (Arabic: سامي ابو شحادة, Hebrew: סָאמִי אַבּוּ שְׁחַאדַה) is an Israeli Arab politician. He is a member of the Knesset for the Joint List[1] and was elected leader of Balad on 23 January 2021.[2]


Abu Shehadeh was born in Lod to a Muslim family and raised in Jaffa. He attended Terra Santa High School, a Catholic school located in Old Jaffa.

Abu Shehadeh studied for a master's degree in Middle Eastern history at Tel Aviv University, and wrote a doctorate on Jaffa as a cultural center during the British Mandate.[3]

Political career

Abu Shehadeh was a member of the Tel Aviv-Yafo City Council[4] for a number of years until 2013, on behalf of the Jaffa faction. He served as the Director of the Yaffa Youth Movement.[5]

In the elections for the 22nd Knesset, he was placed third on the Balad list following the retirement of Mazen Ghnaim, and after uniting with the other Arab parties, he was placed 13th on the Joint List.[6] In January 2021, he was elected as the party chairman of the Balad party in its primaries.[7]

Personal life

Abu Shehada lives in Jaffa.[8] In June 2020 he tested positive for COVID-19.[9]


  1. ^ Times of Israel article on members of the 22nd Knesset Source, 19 September 2019
  2. ^ Udi Shaham (23 January 2021). "Sami Abu Shehadeh wins Balad primaries". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 24 January 2021.
  3. ^ "Israel's 70th anniversary through Arab eyes". The Jerusalem Post | Retrieved 28 December 2019.
  4. ^ "Sami Abu Shehadeh at 'Jerusalem: Legalising the Occupation' conference". Middle East Monitor. 13 March 2018. Retrieved 28 December 2019.
  5. ^ "Sami Abu Shehadeh". European Council on Foreign Relations. Retrieved 25 June 2021.
  6. ^ "Sami Abu Shehadeh | Mapping Palestinian Politics". Retrieved 28 December 2019.
  7. ^ "Sami Abu Shehadeh". Retrieved 25 June 2021.
  8. ^ Samy Abu Shahadeh: Particulars Knesset
  9. ^ "Israel suspends parliament sessions after MP gets virus". Al Jazeera. 4 June 2020. Retrieved 24 January 2021.

External links

  • Sami Abu Shehadeh on the Knesset website
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