Knesset newcomer Sheikh Ibrahim Sarsour, 47, is party chairman and first on the United Arab List, which won three mandates in last week's elections.
He majored in English literature at Bar-Ilan University and works as a civil engineer. He lives in Kafr Kasim, where he has served as mayor, with his wife and 17-year-old son. He has headed the Islamic Movement's southern branch since 1998 and is a member of the Supreme Monitoring Committee of the Israeli Arab leadership.
A believer in coexistence, Sarsour called for calm following a Jewish terror attack that killed four Arabs in Shfaram in August. When Palestinian terrorists in Gaza offered to carry out revenge attacks in the name of Israeli Arabs, Sarsour "suggested that they should mind their own business.
"They should not do things that we are opposed to, such as bombings and the like within the Green Line. As Israeli Arabs, we will not tolerate vengeance, both because in principle we oppose the murder of civilians and because we are convinced that linking between the Shfaram massacre and events in the territories will only do harm," Sarsour said.
He was recently quoted by an Israeli media network as calling for an Islamic caliphate. He denied the quotes.
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