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Dr. Ahmad Sa'd
was an Israeli Arab journalist and politician who served as a member of the Knesset
The Knesset is the unicameral legislature of Israel, located in Givat Ram, Jerusalem.-Role in Israeli Government :The legislative branch of the Israeli government, the Knesset passes all laws, elects the President and Prime Minister , approves the cabinet, and supervises the work of the government...
Hadash is a Jewish and Arab socialist front of organizations that runs for the Israeli parliament. It currently has four members in the 120-seat Knesset.-Background:...
between 1996 and 1999. He later served as editor of the Israeli-Arab newspaper Al-Ittihad
Al-Ittihad is an Israeli Arabic language daily newspaper based in Haifa. Once considered the most important Arab media outlet in Israel, it is owned by Maki, the Israeli Communist Party, and was edited by a former Maki/Hadash Knesset member, Ahmad Sa'd until his death on 20 April 2010.-History:The...
Sa'd studied economics at the University of Leningrad
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, earning a PhD. He worked as a director of the Tumas Institute for Social and Political Research in Haifa
Haifa is the largest city in northern Israel, and the third-largest city in the country, with a population of over 268,000. Another 300,000 people live in towns directly adjacent to the city including the cities of the Krayot, as well as, Tirat Carmel, Daliyat al-Karmel and Nesher...
, and was a member of the secretariat of the Supreme Committee monitoring the Arab population in Israel. He has written nine books on economics and Israeli Arabs, as well as writing for Al-Ittihad.
A member of the bureau of both Hadash and its Maki faction, Sa'd was elected to the Knesset on the Hadash-Balad list in 1996
Elections for the fourteenth Knesset were held in Israel on 29 May 1996. Voter turnout was 79.3%.The 1996 elections included two new changes, both designed to increase the stability of the Knesset. First, the Prime Minister was to be elected on a separate ballot from the remaining members of the...
, and served on the Knesset finance committee.