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Taleb el-Sana

Taleb el-Sana

Arab Knesset member
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Quick Facts
Intro Arab Knesset member
Countries Israel
Occupations Politician
Gender male
Birth December 25, 1960 (Tel Arad, Israel)
Politics United Arab List
Education Hebrew University of Jerusalem
The details

Taleb el-Sana (Arabic: طلب الصانع‎‎, Hebrew: טלב אלצאנע‎‎, born 25 December 1960), sometimes spelled Talab al-Sana or variations thereof, is an Israeli Bedouin politician and lawyer. He was the longest serving Arab Member of the Knesset until he lost his seat in 2013.


Born in Tel Arad in the Negev, he is an Israeli Arab of Bedouin origin. el-Sana studied law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and is a lawyer by profession. He is also active in many charitable organizations in the Negev.

El-Sana was first elected to the 13th Knesset in 1992 on behalf of the Arab Democratic Party. Prior to the 1996 elections, the party ran on a joint list with the United Arab List, with el-Sana retaining his seat. The ADP was merged into the United Arab List soon after. In the 15th Knesset, he served as chair of the Committee on Drug Abuse.

After the 2003 elections, he became head of the United Arab List's parliamentary faction. When the party ran for the 2006 elections in a joint list with Ahmad Tibi's Ta'al, el-Sana remained head of the overall party. He retained his seat again in the 2009 elections.

Shortly before the 2013 elections, el-Sana left the United Arab List faction in the Knesset to re-establish the Arab Democratic Party. However, he ultimately ran with the United Arab List in the elections, placed fifth on its list. However, the party won only four seats, resulting in el-Sana leaving the Knesset.

El-Sana is known for his outspoken criticism of the Israeli government, prompting one Jerusalem Post commentator to suggest in 2010 that el-Sana be deported to Palestinian Authority-controlled territory.

He is married and the father of five children and lives in the Bedouin town of Lakiya in the Negev.

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