Akram Hasson

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Akram Hasson
Date of birth (1959-07-02) 2 July 1959 (age 56)
Knessets 18
Faction represented in Knesset
2012–2013 Kadima

Akram Hasson (Arabic: أكرم حسون‎, Hebrew: אכרם חסון‎, born 2 July 1959) is a Druze Israeli politician who served as a member of the Knesset for Kadima between 2012 and 2013. In 2015 he became leader of Kadima, the first time a Druze had led a Jewish party.[1]

Biography[edit]

After doing his national service between 1978 and 1981, Hasson worked as Director of Youth and Sports at a local council.[2] The following year he briefly worked as a teacher in a high school in Daliyat al-Karmel and the prison system, before starting work at a law firm in Haifa.[2] He left the firm in 1986 and became director of the Daliyat al-Karmel community centre.[2] In 1989 he became Deputy Mayor of the city, a position he held until 1998.[2]

In 1996 he graduated with a BA in Education, gaining a masters degree in Business and Education administration the following year.[2] In 1997 he became a headteacher, before working as the Director of the Israeli branch of the Lincolnshire University from 1998 until 2001. In 2002 he was awarded a PhD.[2] Between 2003 and 2008 he served as mayor of Carmel City and a member of the Planning and Building Committee in Haifa.[2] Since 2005 he been a member of the Committee for Changing the System of Government in Israel.

He was placed 35th on the Kadima list for the 2009 Knesset elections.[3] Although the party won only 28 seats, Hasson entered the Knesset in May 2012 as a replacement for Gideon Ezra, who had died of lung cancer.[4] In December 2012 he became the first non-Jewish recipient of the Golden Inkwell Word prize, awarded by the Hebrew Writers Association in Israel.[5] Hasson was awarded the prize after promoting legislation to preserve the Hebrew language by ensuring that all signage is primarily in Hebrew and that any speeches made abroad by government officials must be in Hebrew.[5]

Placed eighth on the Kadima list for the 2013 elections,[6] he lost his seat when the party was reduced to two MKs. After party leader Shaul Mofaz retired from politics on 27 January 2015; Hasson was elected on the same day to replace him, becoming the first Druze leader of a Jewish party.[1] However, 2 days later he joined the new Kulanu list for the 2015 elections, being placed 12 on the party list.[7]

Hasson resides in Daliyat al-Karmel and has five children.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Mofaz Resigns from Politics Israel National News, 28 January 2015
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Akram Hasson Knesset website (Hebrew)
  3. ^ New MK: Akram Hasson Israel National News, 17 May 2012
  4. ^ Kadima MK Gideon Ezra dies of lung cancer at 74 The Jerusalem Post, 17 May 2012
  5. ^ a b Druse MK wins prize for helping preserve Hebrew The Jerusalem Post, 28 December 2012
  6. ^ Kadima Central Elections Committee
  7. ^ כולנו בראשות משה כחלון (in Hebrew). Retrieved 3 February 2015. 

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