Masud Ghnaim (also spelled Gnaim) was born in Sakhnin in 1965. He was the chairman of the Israeli Palestinian Ra’am party (also known as the United Arab List) and a member of the Knesset between 2009-2019. He has since retired from national politics but remains a member of Ra’am’s Shura Council.
Ghnaim was previously a member of the People’s Commission in Sakhnin and a member of the Central Council of the Islamic Movement – Southern Region. Between 1999 and 2001, he served as Director General of the Sakhnin Cultural Centre. Between 2003 and 2005, he was member of the Sakhnin Municipal Council and in the years 2000-2007 he chaired the Islamic Movement in Sakhnin.