Hamad Amar (Arabic: حمد عمار‎, Hebrew: חמד עמאר; born 5 November 1964) is an Israeli Druze politician. He served as a member of Knesset for Yisrael Beiteinu between 2009 and losing his seat in the April 2019 elections, before returning to the Knesset following the September 2019 elections.

Hamad Amar
Hamad Amar, November 2018.jpg
Date of birth (1964-11-05) 5 November 1964 (age 55)
Place of birthShefa-'Amr, Israel
Knessets18, 19, 20, 22
Faction represented in Knesset
2009–2019Yisrael Beiteinu
2019–Yisrael Beiteinu

BiographyEdit

Hamed Amar was born in Shefa-'Amr. In 1982-1986, he served in the Israel Defense Forces. He earned a BA in sociology from Safed College, and a law degree from the Academic Center for Law and Science. Amar lives in Shfaram's al-Fuar neighbourhood.[1] He is married, with three children.[2] He has a fifth degree black belt in Karate, and chairs the Martial Arts Association in Israel.[3]

Political careerEdit

He worked as an assistant to Avigdor Lieberman, while he was Minister of National Infrastructure. In 1998, he was elected to Shefa-'Amr's municipal council. He founded and chairs the Druze Youth Association.[2]

Prior to the 2009 elections, he was placed twelfth on the Yisrael Beiteinu list,[4] and entered the Knesset when the party won 15 seats. He stated that the party's slogan "No citizenship without loyalty" is natural for the Druze community.[5] In 2013, he explained his position: "When you contribute to society, and the society benefits, then you will reap the benefits as well."[3]

Amar was instrumental in plans for a subsidiary of General Electric to install wind turbines in northern Israel, citing the benefits from clean energy and new jobs.[6]

Amar was placed sixth on the Yisrael Beiteinu list for the April 2019 elections, and lost his seat as the party won only five seats. However, five months later he returned to the Knesset as Yisrael Beiteinu won eight seats in the September 2019 elections.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Meet Hamad Amar, Yisrael Beiteinu's Druze candidate Haaretz, 9 February 2009
  2. ^ a b Hamad Amar Knesset website
  3. ^ a b Setting the Example The Jerusalem Post, 16 May 2013
  4. ^ The party lists for Feb. 10 Jewish Telegraph Agency, 2 February 2009
  5. ^ Julian, Hana Levi. Polls Project More Druze Knesset Members Israel National News, 2 February 2009
  6. ^ MK Amar bringing clean energy to the North Archived 2011-07-25 at the Wayback Machine Yisrael Beiteinu, 19 September 2010.

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