(1960 - )
Shakib Shanan is an Israeli Druze political activist and an appointed minister in the thirty-second government of Prime Miniser Benjamin Netanyahu.
Shanan was born in 1960 in the northern Druze
village Hurfeish. In the late 1970's, Shanan volunteered for the IDF and served in the Herev Infantry Battalion. After his service he completed his
academic studies in general studies, oriental studies and pre-law studies
at Tel Aviv University. Shnaan
then returned to his home town, working between 1989-1995 as a teacher
and acting principal of the local six-years post-elementary school.
Throughout the years Shnaan was active with the Histadrut.
He was appointed as an advisor to Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs
Saleh Tarif. Following the elections to the 14th
Knesset he was a senior advisor to the Minister responsible for
Minorities Affairs within the Prime Minister's Office. He held this
position between 1997 and 2001, and was later appointed as the administrator
of the northern district for the Ministry
of Labor and Welfare. Shnaan was also director of the district's
branch of the Ministry of Welfare. In 2005 he was appointed by Minister
of Internal Affairs Ophir Pines-Paz as his senior advisor, maintaining
the post for one year.
In 2006, Shnaan nominated himself for the Labor
Party's list of candidates for the 2006 elections. He was elected
to the slot reserved to a Druze representative, 20th on the party's
list, and entered the Knesset in May 2008, following the resignation of Efraim Sneh. At that time he became a member
of the Education, Culture and Sports Committee. Prior to his entry to
the Knesset, Shnaan was considered
by party chairman Amir Peretz as his candidate for a ministerial post,
though it was eventually given to Raleb Majadele.
For the 2009 elections, Shanan was placed 16th on the Labor party's electoral list and when the party only won 13 seats in elections, Shanan lost his place in the Knesset.
In February 2012, Shanan was chosen to replace former
Homeland Security Minister Matan
Vilnai who was appointed Israeli ambassador to China. Upon taking the post, Shanan officially joined Ehud Barak's Independence Party, an off-shoot of the Labor Party formed in 2011 as a result of internal dissatisfaction.
Shnaan resides in Hurfeish, is married and a father
Jerusalem Post (February