Abdulmalik Dehamshe

Abdulmalik Dehamshe
Date of birth (1943-03-04) 4 March 1943
Place of birth Kafr Kanna, Mandatory Palestine
Knessets 14, 15, 16
Faction represented in Knesset
1996–2006 United Arab List

Abdulmalik Dehamshe (Arabic: عبد المالك دهامشة; Hebrew: עבד-אלמאלכ דהאמשה, born 4 March 1943) is an Israeli Arab former politician, who served as a member of the Knesset for the United Arab List between 1996 and 2006. He was also leader of the party.


Born in Kafr Kanna during the Mandate era, Dehamshe completed his secondary education in Nazareth and gained a BA from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1968, and worked as a lawyer.

In 1996 he was elected to the Knesset on the Arab Democratic Party-United Arab List joint list. He was re-elected in 1999 and became a Deputy Speaker of the Knesset. The Or Commission found that he was responsible for inflaming violence during the October 2000 events.[1]

In 1998, he commented "Any Arab who serves in the Israeli Army is a disgusting criminal. We reject all forms of military service because we are part of the Palestinian people." After an Israeli airstrike killed three Syrian soldiers, he sent a letter of condolences to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and wrote the return address as "Nazareth, Palestine".

He retained his seat again in the 2003 elections and remained a Deputy Speaker. He lost his seat in the 2006 elections. That same year, following the loss of his Knesset seat, he expressed his support for suicide bombings, the use of Qassam rockets on Israeli population centers, and kidnappings of Israelis by Palestinian militants.[2]


  1. Yair Ettinger (10 September 2003). "Arab C'tee now praises Or report". Haaretz. Retrieved 16 January 2014.
  2. Roee Nahmias (8 July 2006). "Former Arab MK defends suicide bombings". Ynetnews. Retrieved 16 January 2014.

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