Hashem Mahameed

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Hashem Mahameed
Date of birth (1945-02-18)18 February 1945
Place of birth Umm al-Fahm, Mandatory Palestine
Date of death 3 April 2018(2018-04-03) (aged 73)
Place of death Umm al-Fahm, Israel
Knessets 12, 13, 14, 15
Faction represented in Knesset
1990–1999 Hadash
1999 Balad
1999–2002 United Arab List
2002–2003 National Unity – National Progressive Alliance

Hashem Mahameed (Arabic: هاشم محاميد‎; Hebrew: האשם מחאמיד‬, 18 February 1945 – 3 April 2018) was an Israeli politician who served as a member of the Knesset for Hadash, Balad, United Arab List and National Unity – National Progressive Alliance between 1990 and 2003.


Born in Umm al-Fahm during the British Mandate of Palestine, Mahameed studied education at the Hadassim Teachers' Seminary and Tel Aviv University, gaining a BA and an MA.

Mahameed served as mayor of Umm al-Fahm from 1983 to 1989. He became a national politician when he entered the Knesset on 10 January 1990 on the Hadash list as a replacement for the long-serving Meir Vilner. He was re-elected in 1992, and again in 1996, by which time Hadash were running on a joint list with Balad. On 8 March 1999, shortly before Knesset elections, Mahameed joined Balad, which left its alliance with Hadash.[1]

However, he did not contest the elections on the Balad list, instead winning third place on the United Arab List list.[2] On 10 December 2002 he left the United Arab List and established a new faction, National Unity – National Progressive Alliance (later renamed Progressive National Alliance). The party ran in the 2003 elections with Mahameed as its head,[3] resulting in him losing his seat.

Mahameed died on 3 April 2018 at the age of 73.[4]


  1. ^ Mergers and Splits Among Parliamentary Groups Knesset website
  2. ^ The make-up of the 15th Knesset Archived 2008-08-28 at the Wayback Machine. The Jerusalem Post, 20 May 1999
  3. ^ Candidates for the 16th Knesset Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  4. ^ Former Arab MK and Umm al-Fahm mayor Mahameed passes away, aged 73 Ynetnews, 4 April 2018

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