Seif el-Din el-Zoubi


Seif el-Din el-Zoubi[note 1] (1913 – 26 June 1986) was an Israeli-Arab politician.

Seif el-Din el-Zoubi
Seif el-Din el-Zubi.jpg
Faction represented in the Knesset
1949–1951Democratic List of Nazareth
1951–1959Democratic List for Israeli Arabs
1965–1966Progress and Development
1966–1967Cooperation and Development
1967–1974Progress and Development
1976–1977Progress and Development
1977–1979United Arab List
Personal details
Born1913 (1913)
Nazareth, Ottoman Empire
DiedJune 26, 1986(1986-06-26) (aged 72–73)


El-Zoubi was born in 1913 in Nazareth, where he attended high school. During the British Mandate of Palestine, he was active in the Haganah, and later received the Fighter of the State Decoration.[1]

In 1949 he was elected to the Knesset as the leader of the Democratic List of Nazareth.[1][2] He was re-elected in 1951 on the Democratic List for Israeli Arabs, and 1955, but resigned from the Knesset on 13 February 1956. In 1959, he became mayor of Nazareth, the city's first Muslim mayor in decades, and held the post until 1965, when he returned to the Knesset on the Progress and Development list, which briefly merged into Cooperation and Development before regaining its independence. He was re-elected in 1969, and was appointed Deputy Speaker of the Knesset. in 1971, el-Zoubi became mayor of Nazareth again, holding the post until 1974.[1][3]

el-Zoubi was re-elected in 1973. In 1974, Progress and Development merged into the Alignment, before leaving it and forming the United Arab List. He was re-elected for a final time on the United Arab List slate in 1977, before resigning his seat on 3 April 1979. He died in 1986.[1]

Haneen Zoabi, who served as a Member of the Knesset for the Joint List, is a relative.[4]


According to Israeli historian Ori Stendel, el-Zoubi had used his ties with the Israeli establishment to compensate for the decline of his political power within the Zubia clan.[5] Historian Hillel Cohen wrote that el-Zoubi was "upgraded" by Mapai in exchange for relinquishing national demands and legitimizing land confiscations.[6] Yitzhak Laor described his conduct as tantamount to taking political bribery.[7]


  • Autobiography: ”Eyewitness” (Arabic: شاهد عيان, 1987)


  1. ^ a b c d "Member of the Knesset - Seif el-Din el-Zoubi". (in Hebrew). Retrieved 2022-04-13.
  2. ^ (1989-06-01). The New East/המזרח החדש: Vol. 32/כרך ל״ב (in Hebrew). אילמ"א.
  3. ^ "זועבי - ראש עיריית נצרת" [Zoubi - Mayor of Nazareth]. National Library of Israel (in Hebrew). Davar. 1959-12-29. Retrieved 2022-06-09.
  4. ^ "Ministers of the Minorities". Governments of Israel. Knesset of Israel. Retrieved 22 June 2010.
  5. ^ Stendel, Ori (1996). The Arabs in Israel. Sussex Academic Press. pp. 85. ISBN 1-898723-23-0.
  6. ^ Cohen, Hillel. "Good Arabs (excerpt)". Text 2006 (in Hebrew). Retrieved 2008-06-07.
  7. ^ Laor, Yitzhak (2007-02-15). "Under the steamroller". Haaretz. Retrieved 2008-06-08.


  1. ^ Arabic: سيف الدين الزعبي, Hebrew: סַיִף אֵל־דִּין אֶל־זעֻבִּי; in Hebrew his name was most often written without niqqud (as is standard) as סיף א־דין א־זועבי‎.‎

External linksEdit

  • Seif el-Din el-Zoubi on the Knesset website