Friday, August 2, 2019

Joint List - Candidates

I've assembled the top 14 candidates from the Joint List in the Israeli Election. This is the union of the 4 'arab' parties. The list as as follows:

1 עודה איימן (hadash) 
2 שחאדה מטאנס (balad) 
3 טיבי אחמד (taal) 
4 עבאס מנסור (raam) 
5 תומא-סולימאן עאידה (hadash) 
6 טאהא ווליד (balad) 
7 כסיף עופר (hadash) 
8 יזבק היבא (balad) 
9 סעדי אוסאמה (taal) 
10 ג'בארין יוסף (hadash) 
11 אלחירימי סעיד (raam) 
12 עסאקלה ג'אבר (hadash) 
13 אבו שחאדה סאמי (raam) 
14 סאלח סונדוס (taal)
Currently, Hadash holds 4 seats, while the other three parties each hold 2. Balad was the last hold out on negotiations, and, it looks like they managed a win, as, they have 3, not 2, in the top 10 (currently, the 4 arab parties hold 10 seats) The distribution of the top 11 is as follows:

Hadash - 4
Balad - 3
Raam - 2
Taal - 2

The final Raam seat is the most vulnerable (being seat 11) and in return, they are given seat 13. 13 is the number of seats the Joint List won when they last ran united. That would result in the following:

Hadash - 5
Balad - 3
Raam - 3
Taal - 2

Taal, of course, then gets the 14th seat. It is unlikely the party could take 15, and, if polls say this is now possible, I will expand my search into who is who; made more difficult by the fact that the candidates list is only available in hebrew (the arab and english website versions not having the list up yet) and the candidates themselves, having predominantly arab names, don't always have ideal translations into hebrew. Couple this with limited information on some people, and while it only took me 30 minutes to figure out who was who and which party they were from, those were painful minutes.


  1. Even though it majority Arab, Hadash (unlike the other other 3) does have notable Jewish members and candidates.

    1. hence the 'single-quote' marks. (also for anyone else unaware, Hadash includes the Israeli Communist Party)