Bedouin Israeli Lawmaker Said al-Harumi Dies at 49
A Bedouin Israeli lawmaker who championed the rights of his fellow Bedouin in the Negev has died. Said al-Harumi of the Raam-United Arab List party died early Wednesday after suffering a heart attack at the age of 49.
“Al-Harumi dedicated his life to serve the Arab sector and to solve the burning issues of his community,” the Raam party said in a statement announcing his death.
Al-Harumi abstained in June’s confidence motion to form the new government, a response to the planned demolition of Bedouin homes In Israel’s south, though the three other members of the Raam party, the first Arab party to join a coalition government, voted in favor.
He will be replaced by Iman Khatib-Yasin, Israel’s first lawmaker to wear a hijab, who served in the Knesset in 2020 but did not keep her seat following the 2021 election.