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Hashem Mahameed ( ; , born 18 February 1945) is a former Israelimarker politician who served as a member of the Knessetmarker for Hadash, Balad, United Arab List and National Unity – National Progressive Alliance between 1990 and 2003.


Born in Umm al-Fahmmarker during the Mandate era, Mahameed studied education at the Hadassim Teachers' Seminary and Tel Aviv Universitymarker, gaining a BA and an MA.

A former mayor of his home city, Mahameed first 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.

However, he did not contest the elections on the Balad list, instead winning third place on the United Arab List list. 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, resulting in him losing his seat.


  1. Mergers and Splits Among Parliamentary Groups Knesset website
  2. The make-up of the 15th Knesset The Jerusalem Post, 20 May 1999
  3. Candidates for the 16th Knesset Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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