Hamad Amar

Summary

Hamad Amar (Arabic: حمد عمار, Hebrew: חָמַד עַמַאר; born 5 November 1964) is an Israeli Druze politician who currently serves as Minister in the Finance Ministry. He was previously a member of Knesset for Yisrael Beiteinu from 2009 to 2019 and again from 2019 to 2021.

Hamad Amar
Hamad Amar, November 2018.jpg
Ministerial roles
2021–Minister in the Finance Ministry
Faction represented in the Knesset
2009–2019Yisrael Beiteinu
2019–2021Yisrael Beiteinu
Personal details
Born (1964-11-05) 5 November 1964 (age 57)
Shefa-'Amr, Israel

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]

Amar runs a Druze youth movement that, as of 2013, had 12,000 members; in addition to emphasizing Druze culture and heritage, the group distributes thousands of food packets a month to families in need.[4]

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,[5] 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.[6] 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.[7]

In 2018, Amar opposed the Citizenship Law;[8] with fellow Druze MKs Akram Hasson and Saleh Saad, Amar filed a petition against the legislation with the High Court of Justice in July 2018.[9][10] In August 2018, Amar expressed support for proposed changes to the legislation that would grant special recognition to the Druze community.[11]

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.[12] He was re-elected to the Knesset in the 2021 elections as Yisrael Beiteinu won seven seats.[13]

In June 2021 Amar was appointed Minister in the Finance Ministry in the thirty-sixth government.[14][15] Following his appointment, he resigned from the Knesset under the Norwegian Law and was replaced by Limor Magen Telem.[14][15] In collaboration with other ministers, Amar led the Druze and Circassian Empowerment Program as Minister in the Finance Ministry. In November 2021, the coalition government passed a budget that included 3 billion NIS for the program, which will be used to invest in housing construction, the local education system, infrastructure, transportation and hi-tech employment opportunities for the Druze and Circassian communities.[16]

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. ^ Lebens, Samuel (2013-05-23). "Learning from Israeli Druze Hamad Amar". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 2022-02-19.
  5. ^ The party lists for Feb. 10 Jewish Telegraph Agency, 2 February 2009
  6. ^ Julian, Hana Levi. Polls Project More Druze Knesset Members Israel National News, 2 February 2009
  7. ^ MK Amar bringing clean energy to the North Archived 2011-07-25 at the Wayback Machine Yisrael Beiteinu, 19 September 2010.
  8. ^ Wootliff, Raoul. "Bennett: Government must 'heal wound' caused to Druze by nation-state law". The Times of Israel. Retrieved 2022-02-19.
  9. ^ "Druze Lawmakers File First Court Challenge to Israel's Nation-state Law". Haaretz. Retrieved 2022-02-19.
  10. ^ staff, T. O. I. "Druze MKs petition High Court against Jewish state law". The Times of Israel. Retrieved 2022-02-19.
  11. ^ "Nation-state Law Backlash: Druze Leaders Say Netanyahu's Offer May Set 'Historical Precedent'". Haaretz. Retrieved 2022-02-19.
  12. ^ "Israel Election Results: Full List of Parties, Lawmakers That Made It Into Knesset". Haaretz. Retrieved 2022-02-19.
  13. ^ "Israel Election Results: Who's Heading to the Knesset - Full List". Haaretz. Retrieved 2022-02-19.
  14. ^ a b "13 New Israeli Lawmakers Sworn In, Including First Deaf MK". Haaretz. Retrieved 2022-02-19.
  15. ^ a b staff, T. O. I. "Knesset to receive 16 new MKs after ministers resign through 'Norwegian law'". The Times of Israel. Retrieved 2022-02-19.
  16. ^ "Israel approves NIS 3 billion plan for Druze, Circassian communities". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 2022-02-19.

External linksEdit

  • Hamad Amar on the Knesset website