Leah Fadida

Leah Fadida
Date of birth (1968-09-06) 6 September 1968
Place of birth Haifa, Israel
Knessets 20
Faction represented in Knesset
2017– Zionist Union

Leah Fadida Ben Sheetrit (Hebrew: לאה פדידה, born 6 September 1968) is an Israeli politician. She is currently a member of the Knesset for the Zionist Union.


Fadida was born in Haifa; her mother was an immigrant from Romania and her father was an immigrant from Morocco. She grew up in the Hativat Carmeli neighbourhood of Haifa.[1] She studied for a BA in social science at the Open University of Israel before gaining a master's degree in public policy at Tel Aviv University.[2] She also studied wilderness management at the University of Montana and worked for the forestry section of the Jewish National Fund in northern Israel.[2][1] She went on to become director of the JNF's public relations department.[3] In the late 1990s she was elected to Yokneam Illit City Council,[1] serving as deputy mayor from 2002 until 2017.[3]

A member of the Labor Party, Fadida was placed 32nd on the party's list for the 2013 Knesset elections,[4] but failed to win a seat. Prior to the 2015 Knesset elections she was placed 27th on the list of the Zionist Union, an alliance of Labor and Hatnuah.[5] Although the alliance won only 24 seats, Fadida entered the Knesset on 6 October 2017 as a replacement for Erel Margalit,[6] who returned to the business world after losing the party leadership election to Avi Gabbay.[7]

Fadida is married with two children and lives in Yokneam Illit.[2]


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