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Oren Hazan

Oren Hazan
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Date of birth (1981-10-28) 28 October 1981 (age 36)
Place of birth Ariel, West Bank
Knessets 20
Faction represented in Knesset
2015– Likud

Oren Asaf Hazan (Hebrew: אורן אסף חזן‬, born 28 October 1981) is an Israeli politician.

Early life

The son of former Likud Knesset member Yehiel Hazan,[1] Oren served in the Israeli Air Force during his IDF national service. He studied law at Ono Academic College, where he was chairman of the student union. He later managed a casino in Bulgaria.[2]

Knesset

Prior to the 2015 elections he was placed 30th on the Likud list,[3] a spot reserved for young candidates.[4] He was elected to the Knesset as Likud won 30 seats.[5]

After election to Knesset, Hazan received membership in Foreign Affairs and Defense and the Knesset Committees, from which he was expelled by Likud, following a string of controversies, including a no-show at the plenum meeting, which led to the ruling coalition bill being rejected.[6] In 2016 due to a series of reports of bullying and rude behavior towards members, colleagues suspended the politician from the floor of the Knesset chamber for a period of six months except for voting.[7]

Public views

Of the Palestinian people, Hazan stated in the Knesset: "We're gonna shut your mouths and we're going to speak the truth. There is no Palestinian People. And there has never been a Palestinian People [in Hebrew, Am Ha'Falastinai]. ..."[8] Hazan said that the Jewish people had been around for 3,500 years since Abraham and Isaac, while the Palestinian people had only been around for 40 years since Yasser Arafat.

In December, 2017, Hazan stopped a bus on its way to Nafha Prison, telling the Palestinian relatives that the prisoners were "terrorists who belong in the ground". He shouted at one prisoner's mother that her son was an "insect" and a "dog." The Red Cross stated that Israel has a duty to guarantee the safety and dignity of Palestinian families visiting prisoners, and that it "takes very seriously what happened today (Monday)."[9]

He endorsed the candidature of Marine Le Pen in the French presidential election, 2017, though the Israeli government officially boycotts her National Front movement.[10]

In August 2017 Jerusalem Post reporter Lahav Harkov posted a list of 10 of Oren Hazan's most outrageous moments.[11][12][13]

In January 2018, when being interviewed by the BBC, he said that, regarding the recently arrested Ahed Tamimi, he said that he would like to, "kick her in the face" so that she would end up in the hospital.[14]

In July 2018, during an interview to Australian-Israeli activist Avi Yemini, Hazan stated that illegal immigrants from Africa constituted a threat to Israel, which would destroy the country. He suggested Israel should stop African refugees from having children and that “If we don’t kick them out they will kick us out. We need to destroy the problem when it is still small”. The South African Jewish Community leaders condemned his remarks as racist.[15]

In September 2018, Hazan was rebuked by the Israeli Foreign Ministry for meeting with Volen Siderov, the leader of the Bulgarian nationalist party Attack, who has previously made anti-Semitic remarks. Hazan claimed that Siderov privately apologized for his previous statements.[16]

Personal life

Hazan lives in the Israeli settlement of Ariel. On 12 February 2017 he married Rinat Kotkovsky, after an engagement lasting just over a month.[17] His first child, a daughter, was born on 28 August 2017.[18]

References

  1. ^ Primary candidate videos inspired by 'The Godfather,' 'Blair Witch Project' and more The Jerusalem Post, 31 December 2014
  2. ^ Siblings, lawyers, activists and a ‘Godfather': New Knesset lawmakers have colorful pasts Times of Israel, 31 March 2015
  3. ^ Likud list Central Elections Committee
  4. ^ Just Who are the Likud Candidates Who Surprisingly Made it in? Israel National News, 18 March 2015
  5. ^ Final Unofficial* results of the Elections for the Twentieth Knesset Central Elections Committee
  6. ^ Jonathan Lis. "Likud Expels MK Oren Hazan From Knesset Committees". haaretz.com. Retrieved 26 May 2016.
  7. ^ Shapiro, Amy. (26 February 2018). "Oren Hazan's New Role: Music Video Star". JP website Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  8. ^ Bradley Burston 'Five Ways Israel Will Make You Hate Israel This Week,' Haaretz, 8 March 2017
  9. ^ MK Oren Hazan confronts families of terrorists: 'Your son is a dog', 12/25/2017, Jerusalem Post.
  10. ^ Daniel Hoffman, 'Likud Lawmaker Endorses Le Pen, Defying Israeli Boycott Of National Front,' The Forward, 3 May 3, 2017
  11. ^ "MK Oren Hazan's top 10 most outrageous moments". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 2017-11-12.
  12. ^ Siblings, lawyers, activists and a ‘Godfather': New Knesset lawmakers have colorful pasts Times of Israel, 31 March 2015
  13. ^ "Meet Oren Hazan, Israel's most scandalous lawmaker". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. Retrieved 2017-12-27.
  14. ^ "Meet Oren Hazan, Israel's most scandalous lawmaker". BBC News. Retrieved 2018-01-31.
  15. ^ Jordan Moshe, Communal leaders condemn racist statement by Israeli MK South African Jewish Report 10 August 2018
  16. ^ [www.israelhayom.com]
  17. ^ "Scandal-dogged Likud MK Hazan gets hitched". The Times of Israel. Retrieved 2017-08-28.
  18. ^ "'I'm a father!'". Israel National News. Retrieved 2017-08-28.