Akram Hasson (Arabic: أكرم حسون, Hebrew: אכרם
חסון, born 2 July 1959) is a
Druze Israeli politician who
serves as a member of the
Knesset for Kulanu. He previously served as
an MK for
Kadima between 2012 and 2013, becoming leader of the party
in 2015, the first time a
Druze had led a Jewish party.
After doing his national service in the
Israel Defense Forces between
1978 and 1981, Hasson worked as Director of Youth and Sports at a
local council. 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. He left the firm in 1986 and
became director of the
Daliyat al-Karmel community centre. In 1989
he became Deputy Mayor of the city, a position he held until 1998.
In 1996 he graduated with a BA in education, gaining a master's degree
in business and education administration the following year. In
1997 he became a headteacher, before working as the Director of the
Israeli branch of the
University of Lincoln
University of Lincoln from 1998 until 2001. In
2002 he was awarded a PhD. Between 2003 and 2008 he served as mayor
Carmel City and a member of the Planning and Building Committee in
Haifa. 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. 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. In December 2012 he became the first non-Jewish
recipient of the Golden Inkwell Word prize, awarded by the Hebrew
Writers Association in Israel. 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.
Placed eighth on the
Kadima list for the 2013 elections, 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. However, two days later he joined the new
Kulanu list for the 2015 elections, being placed twelfth on the party
list. Although the party won only ten seats in the elections,
Hasson returned to the
Knesset in January 2016 as a replacement for
party leader Moshe Kahlon, who had resigned under the Norwegian Law.
Hasson resides in
Daliyat al-Karmel and has five children.
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^ כולנו בראשות משה כחלון (in Hebrew). Retrieved 3
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