Walid Haj Yahia

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Walid Haj Yahia
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Date of birth 1936
Place of birth Tayibe, Mandatory Palestine
Knessets 9, 13, 14
Faction represented in Knesset
1981 Left Camp of Israel
1992–1999 Meretz

Walid Haj Yahia (Arabic: وليد حاج يحيى‎‎; Hebrew: וליד חאג'-יחיא‎, also known as Walid Sadik, born 1936) is an Israeli Arab former politician who served as a member of the Knesset for the Left Camp of Israel and Meretz.


Born in Tayibe during the Mandate era, Haj Yahia studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, gaining a BA in sociology and political science. He worked as headmaster of a high school in Tayibe for 23 years, and was a member of the Teachers' Union's central committee.

A member of the Left Camp of Israel, he was on the party's list for the 1977 elections. Although he missed out on a seat, he entered the Knesset on 13 February 1981 as a replacement for Uri Avnery.[1] However, he lost his seat in the elections in June that year as the party failed to cross the electoral threshold.

After the 1992 elections he returned to the Knesset on the Meretz list. On 4 August he was appointed Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development in Yitzhak Rabin's government, a role he also held under Shimon Peres' brief tenure as Prime Minister after Rabin's assassination. He was re-elected in 1996, but lost his seat in the 1999 elections.


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