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Fleur Hassan-Nahoum

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Fleur Hassan-Nahoum (born 1973), is an Israeli politician and policy maker. She current serves as Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem in charge of foreign relations, international economic development and tourism.

Biography[edit]

Fleur Hassan-Nahoum was born in London, UK, and grew up in Gibraltar. She is the daughter of Sir Joshua Abraham Hassan, who served as Chief Minister and Mayor of Gibraltar,[1] and his second wife Marcelle Bensimon,[2] both Jews of Moroccan origin. Her younger sister, Marlene Hassan Nahon, is a Gibraltarian Member of Parliament and leader of the Together Gibraltar Party.[3]

Hassan-Nahoum grew up bilingual, speaking Spanish and English.[4]

In 1991, at the age of 18, Hassan-Nahoum moved back to London to study law at King's College London, where she served as president of the King's College Jewish Society.[3] After qualifying as a barrister in 1997, she practiced law in London and became campaign director of World Jewish Relief.[5]

In 2001, Hassan-Nahoum immigrated to Israel.[6]She is married with four children.[7]

Legal and communications career[edit]

Upon graduation from law school, Hassan-Nahoum was a barrister at Middle Temple and later served as campaign director at World Jewish Relief, a British Jewish charitable organization working with Jewish and non-Jewish communities.[8]

After immigrating to Israel in 2001 during the Second Intifada,[9] she served as senior associate with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, an international aid organization, and from 2007 as CEO of Tikva Children's Home, an orphan-and-poverty-relief organization which supports homeless, abandoned and abused Jewish children in the former Soviet Union.[10]

Hassan-Nahoum is the CEO and founder of an international strategic communications firm, Message Experts.[11]

Political career[edit]

In 2013, Hassan-Nahoum joined the Yerushalmim Party, aiming to turn Jerusalem into a more pluralistic and open city, as its number 4.[12] In 2016, she became party chairman.[13] In 2016, she joined Jerusalem City Council, heading transportation and conservation of heritage sites. Later on, after Yerushalmim party left the coalition, she became a leader of the opposition.[13]

During the November 2018 Jerusalem municipal elections, Hassan-Nahoum ran as number 2 to Minister Zeev Elkin of the Jerusalem Will Succeed Party established by Jerusalem's previous mayor Nir Barkat.[14] Mayor Moshe Lion named her Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem on November 13, 2018, in charge of tourism and foreign relations,[15] including philanthropy, international economic development, business relations and Diaspora affairs.[16]

Hassan-Nahoum is the first British-born citizen to hold a senior political role in Israeli politics.[17]

As deputy mayor, Hassan-Nahoum sees increasing participation in the workforce and improving education in the Arab sector as major challenges for the municipality.[18]

Among Hassan-Nahoum’s responsibilities is accommodating new embassies in the city. She is working with the U.S. State Department on its embassy in Jerusalem and helping to plan an embassy district in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Arnona.[19]

Views and opinions[edit]

Hassan-Nahoum describes herself as a religious Jew and a Zionist.[20]

She is a firm believer that women should be part of local government: "I firmly believe that until women are in 50% of all decision-making positions our world will remain unbalanced. Local government affects our everyday lives and it is crucial to have women in these positions because when women are around the table the decisions are simply better."[21]

She is as an advocate for marginalized populations in Israel including Haredi women, immigrants, and Ethiopians, and for evening-out spending among all of Jerusalem's populations.[3] She has also spoken publicly on developing Jerusalem as a technology hub; transport and mobility issues; budgetary efficiency; good governance; and on the rights of cancer patients. She has been tipped as a future mayor of Jerusalem or Israeli foreign minister.[22]

In an interview in 2019, Hassan-Nahoum said that with her diverse family background, she is able to understand and reach out to different communities: "I can respect Arab culture, speak like an Adalusian and think like a Latin person, a British person and a Sephardi Jew."[23]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. Sir Joshua's daughter takes seat in Jerusalem Council, Gibraltar Chronicle
  2. Obituary: Sir Joshua Hassan
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Joe Wallen (16 January 2018). "Jerusalem's new British-born deputy mayor: Israel is no apartheid state - it just has an issue with bad PR". The Independent.
  4. Meet Jerusalem's deputy mayor: Fleur Hassan-Nahoum, Jewish News Syndicate
  5. Meet Jerusalem's deputy mayor: Fleur Hassan-Nahoum, Jewish News Syndicate
  6. Elkin puts Anglo candidate second his list
  7. The transfer of the US embassy pushes the Palestinians to sit down and talk to us
  8. Debbie Bartlett (29 December 2017). "New deputy mayor of Jerusalem is Gibraltarian". SUR in English.
  9. "Fleur Hassan-Nahoum". TEDx Jerusalem.
  10. "Fleur Hassan-Nahoum". Women's International Zionist Organization.
  11. Marion Fischel (2 June 2016). "Daughter of Gibraltar's first mayor inducted into Jerusalem city council". The Jerusalem Post.
  12. Rafi Perlstein (5 August 2018). "Elections 2018: After a political storm, Councilor Fleur Hassan-Nahoum opens her mouth" בחירות 2018: אחרי שגרמה לסערה פוליטית, חברת המועצה פלר חסן־נחום פותחת את הפה. mynet Jerusalem (in עברית).
  13. 13.0 13.1 Kobi Nachshoni (24 March 2018). "Haredim call for 'voluntary separation' on Jerusalem's light rail". Ynetnews.
  14. Nir Hasson (31 March 2016). "The welfare officer in the Jerusalem municipality prevented the budget from being transferred due to a dispute" אחראי הרווחה בעיריית ירושלים מנע העברת תקציב בשל סכסוך. Haaretz (in עברית).
  15. Jerusalem is the laboratory for the solution, says Deputy Mayor
  16. Martin, James (28 December 2018). "UK-born politician named Jerusalem's first Diaspora minister". The Times of Israel. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  17. ‘It’s just bad PR’: Meet Jerusalem's new UK-born deputy mayor and her controversial opinions
  18. Meet Jerusalem's deputy mayor: Fleur Hassan-Nahoum, Jewish News Syndicate
  19. Meet Fleur Hassan-Nahoum
  20. Oryszczuk, Stephen (19 May 2017). "Meet Jerusalem's 'Orthodox feminist' would-be mayor". The Times of Israel.
  21. Shoshanna Keats Jaskoll (22 October 2018). "Voting for women can make our lives better". The Jewish Chronicle.
  22. Yisrael Frei (11 April 2018). "Leon is launching, the Likud is debating, the CEO is groping" ליאון משיק, 'הליכוד' מתלבט, המנכ"ל מגשש. Kol Hazman (in עברית).
  23. Meet Jerusalem's deputy mayor: Fleur Hassan-Nahoum, Jewish News Syndicate

External links[edit]

Category: Israeli politicians Category: Women lawyers Category: Women in Israel Category: Deputy Mayors of Jerusalem

After improvements of draft[edit]

I have made a number of edits in the draft of this article, and believe I have addressed the concerns of the reviewer who turned it down. The subject is notable and her career has been covered by reliable sources. I do not see anything that could be interpreted as advertising. As a long-time editor and article creator I think it is straightforward and encyclopedic in tone. How does one go about moving a draft to main space? Can I do it myself?Geewhiz (talk) 07:31, 26 May 2019 (UTC)

After further improvements, I would like to request moving this article into main space. I would th ink enough time has passed since March...Geewhiz (talk) 07:39, 14 August 2019 (UTC)
I am not an official Wikipedia draft approver, but in my opinion this article should be approved now. —Anomalocaris (talk) 03:57, 28 May 2019 (UTC)
More than 8 weeks have passed. I would like to see this article moved to main space. Who can do it?Geewhiz (talk) 05:15, 28 July 2019 (UTC)


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