Abbas Zakour

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Abbas Zakour
Date of birth (1965-12-30) 30 December 1965 (age 48)
Place of birth Acre, Israel
Knessets 17
Party represented in Knesset
2006–2009 United Arab List

Abbas Zakour (Arabic: عباس زكور‎; Hebrew: עבאס זכור‎, born 30 December 1965) is an Israeli Arab politician and a former member of the Knesset for the United Arab List.

Biography[edit]

Born in Acre, Zakour gained a BA in Islamic Sciences at the Al-Quds University in 1990. He later worked as director of the Almotak newspaper.

For the 2006 Knesset elections he was placed fourth on the United Arab List list,[1] and became a Knesset member when the party won four seats. In December 2008 he left the UAL and established a new party, the Arab Centre Party, to run in the 2009 Knesset elections. Zakour stated that the party would join "any leftist government that supports peace", and hopes to win four seats.[2] Labor Party MK Raleb Majadele was asked to head the party, but turned the offer down.[3] It was planned that Zakour would head the list, whilst former United Arab List and Arab National Party MK Muhamad Kanan would take second spot. However, Zakour later joined Balad, winning fourth place on its list,[4] and the new party did not run. Balad won three seats in the election, meaning Zakour lost his place in the Knesset.

In 2006, Zakour was stabbed and lightly wounded by a gang of Russian immigrants shouting anti-Arab chants. The attack was part of a "stabbing rampage" and was described as a "hate crime".[5]

Zakour lives in Acre, and is married with six children.

References[edit]

  1. ^ List of Candidates: United Arab List Knesset website
  2. ^ MK Zkoor launches new Arab party Ynetnews, 3 December 2008
  3. ^ Party aims to improve Arabs' daily life The Jerusalem Post, 4 December 2008
  4. ^ Baranes, Yafa (January 25, 2009). "In the Center of the Campaign: MK Abbas Zakour from Akko" (in Hebrew). Mynet. Retrieved 2009-01-25. 
  5. ^ "Acre gang stabs, lightly wounds MK Abbas Zakur in hate crime". Haaretz. 2006-07-30. 

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