Sadet Karabulut

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Sadet Karabulut
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Sadet Karabulut in 2012
Member of the House of Representatives
Assumed office
26 November 2013
In office
14 April 2011 – 5 August 2013
In office
30 November 2006 – 11 January 2011
Member of the municipal council of Amsterdam
In office
16 March 2006 – 29 November 2006
Personal details
Born (1975-04-28) 28 April 1975 (age 43)
Dordrecht, Netherlands
Political party Socialist Party
Residence Amsterdam, Netherlands

Sadet Karabulut (born 28 April 1975) is a Dutch politician and former civil servant and trade unionist of Kurdish descent.[1] As a member of the Socialist Party (Socialistische Partij), she has been an MP since 30 November 2006. She focuses on matters of social affairs (poverty reduction, social assistance, purchasing power, child benefits), female emancipation, and social integration.


Karabulut was born as the daughter of a Turkish-Kurdish guest worker. Her parents were of Alevi origin, but at home religion played no role, and in her teens Karabulut could decide without any problems that she does not believe in God.[2]

Karabulut studied public administration at Erasmus University Rotterdam and political science at the University of Bordeaux. She was active in the Dutch National Students' Trade Union (LSVb), and board member at the Orion Foundation (Public Kingma School for special education). Since 2005, she has been a member of the Socialist Party. From March till November 2006, she was a member of the municipal council of Amsterdam.

In February 2013, Karabulut stated she would refuse to pledge loyalty to the soon-to-be-King, Dutch Crown Prince Willem Alexander, during his inauguration ceremony. She cited that the procedure was overly ceremonial as she had already pledged allegiance when she was admitted to the House of Representatives. She is also a convinced republican.[3]

From August to November 2013, Karabulut temporarily left the House of Representatives on a maternity leave and was replaced by Tjitske Siderius. She returned later that year.[4] During the Dutch general election, 2017 Karabulut was on the SP's candidate list's fifth place. When parliamentary leader Emile Roemer stepped down in 2017, she announced her candidacy to lead the party in his stead. However, the majority of the parliamentary group chose Lilian Marijnissen, former leader Jan Marijnissen's daughter.[5]

Karabulut is a leading member of the Dutch branch of the Democratic Workers' Clubs Federation (Demokratik Isci Dernekleri Federasyonu, DIDF).

Conflict in the Gaza Strip and call for intifada[edit]

Museumplein protest on 3 January 2009. Left to right: Karabulut, Harry van Bommel, Gretta Duisenberg and Tariq Shadid.

In response to the 2008–09 Gaza War, SP Members of Parliament Harry van Bommel and Karabulut together with Gretta Duisenberg marched in a 3 January 2009 demonstration 3 januari 2009 against the Israeli occupation of Palestine, calling upon Palestinians to launch an intifada (uprising) against Israel. Both chanted the slogan "Intifada, intifada, free Palestine".[6][7] This led to criticism from the VVD, PVV and the Centre Information and Documentation Israel (CIDI, a Zionist organisation). SP parliamentary leader Agnes Kant also reprimanded Van Bommel and Karabulut.[8] On 5 January 2009, Van Bommel stated that their call for an intifada had been misunderstood; he and Karabulut had meant a "non-violent intifada".[9]


  1. ^ "Koos de Wilt Concept » Sadet Karabulut, Tweede Kamerlid SP". 16 December 2009. Retrieved 14 February 2012. 
  2. ^ Thijs Niemantsverdriet (8 November 2014). "'Politiek is ons lot, berusten kan niet'". NRC Handelsblad. Retrieved 15 May 2017. 
  3. ^ "SP'ers weigeren eed troonswisseling" (in Dutch). De Telegraaf. 14 February 2013. Retrieved 9 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "Tijdelijke vervanging in de SP-Tweede Kamerfractie" (in Dutch). 13 August 2013. Retrieved 9 October 2013. 
  5. ^ Wilma Kieskamp (13 December 2017). "De SP kiest met Lilian Marijnissen voor een klassieke koers". Trouw. Retrieved 27 February 2018. 
  6. ^ 090103 Dutch MP calls for intifada, YouTube, 3 January 2009
  7. ^ Oproep Van Bommel tot intifada leidt tot boze reacties, Nederlands Dagblad, 4 January 2009.
  8. ^ Kant tikt Van Bommel op vingers na Intifada oproep, Elsevier, 5 January 2009.
  9. ^ Van Bommel bedoelde de 'geweldloze' intifada, Trouw, 5 January 2009

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