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Akram Hasson (Arabic: أكرم حسون‎, Hebrew: אכרם חסון‬, born 2 July 1959) is a Druze
Druze
Israeli politician who serves as a member of the Knesset
Knesset
for Kulanu. He previously served as an MK for Kadima
Kadima
between 2012 and 2013, becoming leader of the party in 2015, the first time a Druze
Druze
had led a Jewish party.[1] Biography[edit] After doing his national service in the Israel
Israel
Defense Forces 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
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
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 master's 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 University of Lincoln
University of Lincoln
from 1998 until 2001. In 2002 he was awarded a PhD.[2] Between 2003 and 2008 he served as mayor of Carmel City
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
Kadima
list for the 2009 Knesset elections.[3] Although the party won only 28 seats, Hasson entered the Knesset
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
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
Kadima
list for the 2013 elections,[6] he lost his seat when the party was reduced to two MKs. After party leader Shaul Mofaz
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, two days later he joined the new Kulanu
Kulanu
list for the 2015 elections, being placed twelfth on the party list.[7] Although the party won only ten seats in the elections, Hasson returned to the Knesset
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
Daliyat al-Karmel
and has five children.[2] References[edit]

^ a b "Mofaz Resigns from Politics". Israel
Israel
National News. 28 January 2015. Retrieved 28 January 2015.  ^ a b c d e f g h "Akram Hasson" (in Hebrew). Knesset
Knesset
website. Retrieved 4 September 2012.  ^ New MK: Akram Hasson Israel
Israel
National News, 17 May 2012. Retrieved 17 May 2012. ^ " Kadima
Kadima
MK Gideon Ezra
Gideon Ezra
dies of lung cancer at 74". The Jerusalem Post. 17 May 2012. Retrieved 17 May 2012.  ^ a b Druse MK wins prize for helping preserve Hebrew The Jerusalem Post, 28 December 2012. Retrieved 29 January 2015. ^ "Kadima". Central Elections Committee. Archived from the original on 27 January 2013. Retrieved 7 February 2013.  ^ כולנו בראשות משה כחלון (in Hebrew). Retrieved 3 February 2015. 

External links[edit]

Akram Hasson on the Knesset
Knesset
website

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